Securities America Participates in Operation Gratitude
LA VISTA, Neb. – Aug. 27, 2013 – As part of Employee Appreciation Week, Securities America employees came together to make 225 paracord survival bracelets for Operation Gratitude, a volunteer-based organization that sends care packages to active and veteran military service members and their families.
“We are glad to have had the opportunity to work on something together as a company that benefits our armed forces members and their families in our community and across the nation,” said Jim Nagengast, CEO and president of Securities America. “At Securities America, community is one of our core values, and we strive to give back whenever we can.”
Throughout the week of Aug. 19, Securities America employees took time away from their work to complete the paracord bracelets to donate to Operation Gratitude. The materials to make the bracelets were paid for by Securities America. Paracord survival bracelets are made of braided parachute cord which can hold up to 550 pounds. The bracelets are fashionable and can be unraveled in an emergency situation to provide eight feet of strong rope or string that can serve as a tourniquet, a sling or to tie on a splint, which can potentially save lives.
The bracelets are included in care packages to American soldiers and their children. The care packages contain an assortment of 50 or more items, including snack foods, scarves, entertainment items, personal care products and letters from caring adults and students from around the country. Securities America employees also wrote more than 100 supportive letters to be included in these care packages. The total value of each care package ranges from $75 to $100, and cost approximately $15 to ship. To date, Operation Gratitude has sent more than 900,000 care packages, with plans to send their one millionth care package on Dec. 7, 2013.
Employees also had the option to purchase a paracord bracelet for themselves for a $5 donation to the organization, or to make a freewill monetary donation to help further Operation Gratitude’s efforts. Securities America’s annual golf outing on Aug. 24, also contributed monetarily to the organization. In total, Securities America’s employees collected more than $1,500 for Operation Gratitude.
For more information about Operation Gratitude, visit http://www.operationgratitude.com/.
About Securities America
Headquartered in La Vista, Neb., Securities America Inc. is a national top 10 independent broker-dealer (as ranked by Financial Planning magazine). For more than 25 years, Securities America’s mission has been to foster the success of financial professionals so they can provide quality, objective counsel and services to their clients. Advisors benefit from the firm’s industry-leading programs in practice management, advisory services and retirement income distribution, supported by state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 1993, Securities America Advisors Inc. is an SEC-Registered Investment Advisory firm that offers investment management, financial advice and financial planning through a national network of independent financial advisors. Securities America Financial Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS). Securities America received the inaugural Thought Leadership Award from the Retirement Income Industry Association in March 2011 and the inaugural Bank Insurance & Securities Association (BISA) Technology Innovation Award in March 2013. Additional information is available at www.securitiesamerica.com.