Have you seen the two new 2018 Victorinox Swiss Army Wounded Warrior Collection Tinkers? They make a great gift that, in turn, gives back to veterans. Each year Victorinox Swiss Army partners with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). For each Wounded Warrior Collection knife purchased between now and June 30, 2019 they will donate 5% of the MRSP back to the WWP.
This year Victorinox also partnered with the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) to pair each warrior with a veteran artist. These two veterans collaborated and turned the warriors’ story into a design. In addition to the donation to the WWP, Victorinox Swiss Army is donating $10,000 to the USVAA.
The Swiss Army “Adaptive Sports” Tinker was designed by veteran Jamie Peterson. It tells the story of wounded veteran Donna Pratt. Victorinox tells us: “During her time in Iraq Donna sustained numerous injuries, and after two years in a wheelchair, she began to feel hopeless. A friend invited her to attend a wheelchair basketball camp and it was then that she felt reborn and began to pursue other adaptive sports opportunities. She realized that just because she was injured didn’t mean that life needed to stop.
“From hand biking in WWP’s Solider Ride, to basketball to archery, to skiing the mountains in Utah, Donna doesn’t let her injuries slow her down. She says, ‘I don’t adapt to life. I make life adapt to me.’ She works with WWP to share her experiences with other injured service members so they too can find how adaptive sports can change their lives.”
The design of the Adaptive Sports Tinker perfectly symbolizes Donna’s amazing philosophy. The front scale illustrates some of the key adaptive sports with “Make Life Adapt to You.” The back scale has the Wounded Warrior logo. Beneath that is “Don’t Adapt to Life” drawn on an arrow which leads you back to the front scale.
Designed by veteran artist Trevor Denham the 2018 Victorinox Swiss Army “Keep Moving Forward” Tinker tells the story of Jeffrey Adams. Victorinox tells us that, “Jeffrey Adams left college early to serve in Baghdad, Iraq. While looking for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Jeffrey was hit by a land mine and sustained multiple injuries, including the amputation of one of his legs. After nearly 30 surgeries, he was able to walk across the stage to pick up his diploma at graduation.
“Jeffrey believes that injured warriors are rendered stronger by their experiences. He says, ‘If you can change something, do it. If you can’t change it, then accept it and move on. It’s easier said than done. But things are what you make of them. You just have to keep moving forward.’
“This inspirational message is depicted on Jeffrey’s knife. The front of the knife shows Jeffrey with this prosthetic leg in his service uniform standing at attention in front of the US flag. The back of the knife prominently displays the message ‘Keep Moving Forward’ above the Wounded Warrior Project logo. This design signifies that, though Jeffrey may have been injured in battle, it does not make him any less of a soldier. WWP helps injured soldier members like Jeffrey learn the importance of accepting what is and moving forward.”
- Stainless Steel Blades and Tools, Mirror Polished
- 2.5” Spear Point Blade
- 1.5” Pen Blade
- Full Color Celidor Handles
- Can Opener/Small Screwdriver
- Bottle Opener/Large Screwdriver/Wire Stripper
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- 2.2 Ounces
- 3.5” Closed
- 6” Overall
- Made in Switzerland
The 2018 Victorinox Swiss Army Wounded Warrior knives are great gifts that give back to those who deserve it most. To get these knives, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
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