SIG SAUER announced Monday afternoon that it’s partnering with a charity group to combat veteran suicide. The Newington, NH-based gun company is partnering with Aiming for Zero for an upcoming charity shooting match to be held at the SIG SAUER Academy® in Epping, New Hampshire, this weekend.
Per the press release, Aiming for Zero shooting events are under the umbrella of Active Heroes, a 501(c)(3) charity aimed at supporting “U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs providing coping skills in an effort to eliminate suicide.”
“People behind the guns at competitions are patriotic, red-blooded Americans who support the sacrifices our men and women in service make,” said Chris Tessier, Match Director for Aiming for Zero. “If they see an opportunity to help veterans and military families while pursuing their passions, it’s a no brainer. The response to Aiming for Zero has been overwhelming.”
“We are honored to partner with Aiming for Zero,” said Adam Painchaud, Vice President, SIG Academy said in the press release. “SIG SAUER has a long history of supporting U.S. military personnel during and after their service to our great nation. The SIG Academy is the perfect venue to host this wonderful charity and help bring awareness to veteran suicide.”
The event is expected to raise $30,000. SIG SAUER says it’ll donate all proceeds to Active Heroes.
Earlier this year, SIG SAUER announced the U.S. Army selected the company’s Model P320 to replace the Beretta M9 service pistol that was in use since the mid-1980’s. They will be manufactured at their facilities in the Granite State.
Whoever said gun companies sponsor murder and crime must not be familiar with the gun industry. These efforts define the gun industry and make up the majority of their contributions. Kudos to SIG SAUER, much like the gun industry, for giving back to our nation’s heroes!