July 25, 2023 – When CSX went looking for non-profit partners prior to launching its Pride in Service military and first responder support initiative in 2018, it didn’t have to look far.
Less than 10 miles down the road from CSX’s Jacksonville headquarters is the national headquarters of the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity founded in 2003 to support and empower individuals who sustained visible as well as invisible wounds in service to their country.
Since embracing the Wounded Warrior Project as one of five partners supported through the Pride in Service community investment initiative, the relationship has blossomed into a prime example of CSX’s respect and admiration to the military community that has earned the company national recognition.
CSX has been named a Top Veteran-Friendly Company by U.S. Veterans Magazine, a bronze-rated employer by Military-Friendly® Companies and a Best for Vets employer by Military Times magazine.
The company’s support of the military community is reflected in the fact that CSX employs more than 3,000 veterans, current service members and first responders. The CSX culture of veteran inclusion is evident in the enthusiastic support CSX employees give to the company’s Pride in Service partners.
“The volunteerism from the workforce is really what sets them apart and puts CSX at the top tier,” said Mike Linnington, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. and chief executive officer of the Wounded Warrior Project, at a recent WWP Warriors to Work event hosted by CSX.
The Warriors to Work program has been embraced by CSX as a highly effective way to provide assistance to wounded veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. The most-recent event was a training class at which CSX’s aerial drone team provided WWP program participants with an opportunity to become certified drone operators.
“What began in 2018 with our support of the Carry Forward 5K has grown into so much more,” said Bryan Tucker, CSX vice president of Corporate Communications. “As a veteran-friendly employer, the Warriors to Work Program is something that is very important to us.”
To learn more about how the CSX-Wounded Warrior Project partnership has grown, click the video below.