SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2015 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and No Barriers USA: Warriors to Summits announced that applications and nominations are being accepted through March 31, 2015 for wounded veterans to participate in its 2015 expedition program to train for and summit Gannett Peak. The program empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Their experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others.
This year’s Warriors to Summits expedition takes a team of veterans to Gannett Peak, the apex of the entire Central Rockies; at 13,804 feet, located in Wyoming between Fremont and Sublette Counties along the Continental Divide. There will be a minimum of three team trainings prior to the expedition launch, and the summit is planned for September 11.
To apply to be one of 14 team members for the Gannett Peak expedition or find media and supporter information for the 2015 Wells Fargo-sponsored Warriors to Summits expedition, visit warriorstosummits.org.
No Barriers Warriors’ high profile work began with its founding members, among them Erik Weihenmayer, the first and only blind climber to summit Everest and kayak through the Grand Canyon. The organization has trained and supported expeditions for military veterans and others through Asia, South America and the U.S., including the team that accompanied Prince Harry to the South Pole in 2013, and is the subject of the feature length documentary “High Ground.”
Wells Fargo became involved with the program in 2014 when it sponsored No Barriers USA’s veterans’ program, then known as Soldiers to Summits. In January 2015, Soldiers to Summits changed its name to No Barriers Warriors, but its focus remains the same. Wells Fargo’s sponsorship will continue to focus on supporting veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities through No Barriers USA’s Warriors to Summits initiative.
About Wells Fargo’s Military Affairs Program
In 2012, Wells Fargo created a Military Affairs program to elevate its efforts in serving active duty military and veterans, and named a Military Affairs Program manager. Within the first two years, Wells Fargo donated more than $49 million to homeownership, career transition and financial education initiatives.
Donated or was in the process of donating more than 230 Real Estate Owned (REO) properties valued at more than $37 million to wounded veterans
Hired more than 3,600 veterans and participated in more than 500 military job fairs
Launched Hands on Banking® for Military, a financial education program that has been viewed by more than 40,000 people since last year
Donated nearly $12 million to military- and veteran- related nonprofits.
From the start of our program, Wells Fargo always believed in giving a hand up, rather than a hand out. The Company plans to take that a step further in 2015 by helping empower military members, veterans and their families to own homes, and achieve professional and financial success. Wells Fargo is also proud to renew and expand its relationship with No Barriers USA in 2015 through its sponsorship of the Warriors to Summits expedition.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
About No Barriers Warriors
No Barriers Warriors is a program of No Barriers USA, whose mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. The program empowers veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities, and survivors of the fallen, to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Their experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch boundaries, build teams, innovate through adversity and step up to lead and serve others. Complementing the reintegration process, this program provides quality transformative experiences that inspire warriors to grow and continue to contribute their absolute best to the world.
David J. Kennedy, APR
Alaska Regional Communications Officer
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.