International to match drivers' donations to support troops

| 3/31/2005

March is “International’s Salute to America’s Heroes” month andInternational Truck and Engine Corp. is matching up to $50,000 of drivers’ donations to support the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. The corporation is presenting a check to the coalition at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week in Louisville, KY.

The coalition is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of severely wounded heroes and their families. John Fay, marketing director of International’s heavy vehicle center, kicked off the effort on “The Midnight Trucking Radio Network” and Sirius Satellite’s Trucker Channel with a challenge to their national trucking audience.

“Dig into those pockets for $5 or $10 and say thank you to the severely injured vets who have given so much for us,” Fay told the radio audiences.

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes was founded to express appreciation and support to these heroes and their families by reaching out with much needed programs. Truckers can donate to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes this month by calling 1-888-44-SALUTE or by making an on-line donation at

Donations will go toward disability-adapted homes for wheelchair restricted and blind war heroes, a Family Support Network that will help relieve financial and emotional burdens of severely wounded veterans and their families and a network of organizations and training programs to help prepare and place qualified veterans in quality jobs. Proceeds will also go toward the “Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute,” which features motivational speakers, Department of Veterans Affairs seminars on education, job training and employment opportunities, and great entertainment.

International Truck and Engine Corp. is the operating company of Navistar International Corp. The company produces International-brand commercial trucks, mid-range diesel engines and IC brand school busesand is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets.