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HK-USA joins with Chris Kyle in support of the Heroes Project to help Wounded Veterans

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Columbus, Georgia —Heckler & Koch USA has teamed with Chris Kyle, veteran Navy SEAL and author of the best seller “American Sniper,” to support the FITCO Cares Foundation Heroes Project. FITCO Cares is a charity established to provide free, in-home fitness equipment, donated health club memberships and other support programs to veterans in-need with disabilities and others suffering from PTSD.

According to the Department of Defense, almost 50,000 U.S. service men and women have been wounded in military operation during the past decade. These men and women suffer from a wide range of injuries that can make it difficult, uncomfortable or even impossible to get to a therapy center or gym to exercise in a manner that allows and encourages healing. This is where organizations like FITCO Cares are needed.

“When I got back from overseas and left the military, I was depressed, I quit working out and was drinking too much. Getting back into shape and working out helped me sort out a lot of my problems and I figured something similar might help other returning veterans, especially some of the guys and gals who were wounded and couldn’t go to a regular gym or health clubs—for whatever reason,” said Chris Kyle.

“Finding a company like FITCO and a guy like FITCO’s president Jason Kos, also a fellow veteran, to help launch the Heroes Project was more than I could have ever hoped for. My work with the Heroes Project provides a concrete way for me to give back to those that served and sacrificed,” said Kyle. FITCO, a commercial fitness equipment sales and design center based in Texas helped Chris Kyle start the charity.

FITCO’s Jason Kos and HK-USA President Wayne Weber recently appeared with Chris Kyle in the national premier episode of the “Sons of Guns” TV series in which the staff of Red Jacket Firearms of Baton Rouge created a one-of-a-kind HK MR556A1 rifle, signed by Kyle and Will Hayden of “Sons of Guns.” The rifle featured in this episode will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the “Heroes Project” charity. The auction runs from September 12 through September 28, 2012.

“It is an honor for HK to be able to support the Heroes Project and Chris Kyle's charitable work and we encourage others to take up the challenge,” said HK-USA president Wayne Weber.

The Sons of Guns episode featuring Chris Kyle and the special edition Heckler & Koch HK416 and MR556A1 rifles aired on the Discovery Channel on September 12, 2012 and will repeat periodically during the TV season. For schedule (or to view the episode on-line, go to
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/sons-of-guns/episodes.html)

For further information, please contact:
HK-USA Public Relations
Tel: 1-703-450-1900 extension 226 in the USA
Email: pr@heckler-koch-us.com
American Website: www.hk-usa.com
Global Website: www.heckler-koch.com

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