In the 1800s, the company was integral to spreading the word about the importance of sterile care for wounds sustained on the battlefield, thanks to its innovations in surgical dressings and sutures. And during the Spanish-American War, Johnson & Johnson did something groundbreaking and continued to pay employees their salaries, and held their positions for them, while they served.
That legacy continues to this day, from policies that make it easier for service members on leave to transition back into their day-to-day lives to partnerships that give them the skills and resources they need to thrive.
Partnerships like the one between Johnson & Johnson and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was founded in 2001 to help military veterans and first responders and their families. In 2015, Johnson & Johnson partnered with the foundation supporting two of its programs: Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk and Building for America's Bravest, which has a mission to create smart homes designed to improve the quality of life for catastrophically injured U.S. service members.
The 16th annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk took place on Sept. 24. Chris Levi, a veteran from Holbrook, N.Y., who lost both his legs in Iraq, participated in the event, and crossed the finish line.