DETROIT— The Detroit Lions today announced that Salute to Service week – a host of events recognizing active and former military leading up to, and including, the team’s Salute to Service game against the Carolina Panthers on November 18 – will be presented by Humanetics. 


The Detroit Lions Salute to Service Week presented by Humanetics includes a military care package assembly event with the Detroit Lions Women’s Association, a coat distribution to local homeless veterans with the Empowerment Plan, an interactive video game event with current Lions players and active military members with Pros vs. GI Joes, as well as a baby shower for expectant military mothers. 


“We are proud to have Humanetics as a new partner for the 2018 season and especially proud to work with them on our Salute to Service initiatives,” said Detroit Lions Senior Vice President of Business Development Kelly Kozole. “Humanetics’ passion for honoring the military aligns with our own seamlessly and we’re looking forward to building upon our programming now and in the coming seasons with their organization.”


Humanetics Innovative Solutions Inc. is the world’s largest maker of crash-test dummies, more formally known as anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs), primarily used in automotive crash tests. However, Humanetics is more broadly a safety company making a variety of products that save lives in the automotive, medical, energy, aerospace and military sectors. The company’s roots date back to the 1950s when it first created dummies for the Air Force to test the safety of ejection seats and parachutes. Since that time, Humanetics has consistently developed products that protect soldiers as conditions on the battlefield dictate, including its warrior representative blast dummies and injury assessment tools that help protect soldiers from deadly IED attacks.


As a retired U.S. Army Colonel, Humanetics CEO Chris O’Connor is deeply and personally invested in serving the needs of active military members, as well as veterans and their families. “It is a privilege to participate in Salute to Service and to support our veterans and active service members,” said O'Connor. “The men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families make tremendous sacrifices for our country and we are honored to give back to these real American heroes." 


Stay tuned to the Detroit Lions social media channels and for news and behind-the-scenes content throughout Salute to Service Week.

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