The lunch was held in the Members' and Strangers' dining rooms at the House of Commons, Westminster Palace, and was hosted by Nigel Evans MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. In addition to Deputy Speaker Evans, special guests included U.S. Sens. Inhofe and Cochran.
Help for Heroes, a UK organization, was founded three years ago to help wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since its inception the Help for Heroes has allocated several million dollars to fund direct projects and support other service charities.
The other beneficiary, Operation Homefront, is a U.S.-based charity that provides emergency assistance for military troops, the families they leave behind and wounded warriors when they return home. Since its creation in 2001, Operation Homefront has met over 257,000 requests of assistance from military families.
Northrop Grumman's CEO and President Wes Bush was on hand representing AIA's Executive Committee, and lauded the volunteers and staffers at both organizations for their tireless efforts to help military veterans and their families in the U.S. and UK.
The lunch was made possible by generous contributions from:
- General Atomics
- General Electric
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman
- United Technologies Corporation
In a special treat, at the conclusion of the lunch, Deputy Speaker Evans led attendees on a behind-the-scenes tour of Westminster Palace, concluding on the terrace overlooking the River Thames and the London skyline.