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Konica Minolta and Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Team Up for Third Year in a Row

7 Jan, 2010

Konica Minolta and Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Team Up for Third Year in a Row

Ramsey, N.J. and Ossining, N.Y. – December 28, 2009 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Konica Minolta) and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes™ (CSAH) have partnered to bring 20 severely wounded American veterans to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010, where West Virginia University will play Florida State University to a sell-out crowd.  This is the third consecutive year that Konica Minolta has donated game tickets to the CSAH, the leading nongovernmental organization providing emergency financial aid to severely wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, as part of its continued efforts to support local communities in which the company maintains a presence.

“This is our third year as the title sponsor of the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, and again we are eager to honor the brave men and women who have served our country,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  “We are proud to continue working with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, and we are looking forward to seeing the veterans again on New Year’s Day.”

Veterans attending the game include Sgt. Gary Boggs (Ret.), who lost his left eye and suffered a traumatic brain injury after his Humvee ran over a landmine in Iraq.  Boggs serves as a national spokesman for CSAH.

“The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes values Konica Minolta’s generosity and dedication to supporting America’s severely wounded heroes of the War on Terror,” said Patrick Norberto, General Manager, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.  “By continuing to step up to partner with us in our mission to provide severely wounded troops with the help they need and the respect they deserve, Konica Minolta demonstrates its outstanding corporate citizenship.”

The 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will take place at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 1, 2010.  The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally by CBS.

To schedule an interview with a Konica Minolta and/or CSAH representative, please contact James Norberto at 201.785.4403 or JNorberto@kmbs.konicaminolta.us.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop.  For the second consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families rebuild their lives.  The organization is the top nongovernmental association helping wounded troops from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and since its 2004 inception, has provided emergency assistance to severely wounded troops and their families in over 11,000 cases.

More than $22 million dollars has been distributed to date to prevent car repossessions and utility shut-offs while trips to sporting events, entertainment parks, and shows help to boost service members’ morale, break the boredom of the routine of recuperation and help reintegrate wounded troops into civilian life.  The annual all-expense paid Road to Recovery Conference provides seminars, career counseling, job fairs, evaluations, and inspirational success stories.

CSAH has partnered with numerous celebrities including Gary Sinise, Stephen Cochran, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Charlie Daniels, Regis Philbin and key corporate partners like Konica Minolta, T-Mobile, American Airlines, General Motors, Northrop Grumman and RoadCare Plus to help further our cause.

For more information, or to learn how you can help, please visit the website at www.saluteheroes.org.

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