Wounded Warrior Project
For more than 13 years, Colton Amster has owned Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration business in Bridgeport, Connecticut. When he is not overseeing activities at Redline Restorations, Colton Amster spends time supporting charitable organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
The Wounded Warrior Project recently released findings from the 2016 Annual Warrior Survey. The information gathered from the Annual Warrior Survey allows WWP to modify existing programs and introduce new services to best support the WWP network of wounded veterans and their families. The survey also allows organization leaders to appreciate both the difficulties wounded warriors face upon returning home from service, as well as the progress individuals have made in recent years.
More than one in four warriors responding to the 2016 survey reported that finding effective mental health services in their community to be a challenge. Common mental health disorders faced by injured warriors include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). WWP works closely with veteran medical facilities throughout the nation to improve mental health services, while also promoting mental health awareness to the public and government officials.
On the more positive end of the spectrum, the survey found that the percentage of veterans accessing their disability benefits rose from 79 percent in 2015 to 85 percent in 2016. This number translated to more than 14,000 WWP veterans filing for disability in 2015, or about $71 million in benefits. The survey also found that 30 percent of wounded warriors had achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 27 percent the previous year.
An automotive restoration professional based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster owns and operates Redline Restorations. In the philanthropic sector, Colton Amster regularly donates to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
A 187-bed nonprofit children’s hospital located in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center sponsors numerous initiatives aimed at improving health services for children. Available to pediatric resident physicians, the Resident Education in Advocacy and Community Health (REACH) program uses public policy and system reform as tools in its fight for quality pediatric health access.
Participants in the REACH program work with population health and policy experts in the community, understanding community needs and developing plans to address those needs. Residents learn about children’s health advocacy via completion of mini-fellowships in policy or community health projects.
In recent years, residents in the REACH program have developed daily health habit passports to help physicians give quality preventive care. Residents also teach children about physical activity, nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle elements.
Colton Amster is the owner of Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration facility based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition to his personal charity work, Colton Amster supports numerous nonprofit organizations through his business, such as completely remodeling a young man’s truck for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children or young adults who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions. The organization started small, snowballing from one wish in 1980 to millions of wishes per year today. Make-A-Wish functions on the notion that granting these wishes will enable the children to better cope and progress in their treatment.
A common wish in the Make-A-Wish Foundation is called a “travel wish.” These are wishes, normally made by young adults, who ask to travel either in their home country or abroad. To address the high cost, Make-A-Wish created a program called “Wishes in Flight” that allows sponsors to donate airline miles to the foundation. Frequent fliers who travel with United, Delta, American Airlines, Southwest, or JetBlue can grant their miles and reward points to Make-A-Wish so that youths can enjoy the trip of a lifetime. To donate or learn more, visit wish.org.
Dr. Tulio A. Valdez
Colton Amster heads Redline Restorations, a world-class automotive restoration facility based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A supporter of various charitable organizations, Colton Amster has donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
A nationally recognized not-for-profit institution, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a 187-bed children’s hospital which also serves as the primary training hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Apart from providing excellent medical service, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center also contributes to the medical profession by conducting breakthrough research on pediatrics.
Recently, a physician from the hospital’s Division of Otolaryngology has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Tulio A. Valdez conducted research that pertains to the use of shortwave infrared in the treatment of middle ear infections in children. This new technology is a new prototype of the otoscope, a non-invasive ear inspection tool which creates images of the underlying middle ear anatomy. Moreover, it enhances the contrast of middle ear fluid, an essential factor in the diagnosis of middle ear infections, thereby improving the way the condition is treated.
Colton Amster operates Redline Restorations, an automotive restoration facility in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In addition, Colton Amster has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On May 14, 2016, Make-A-Wish Connecticut hosted the annual Walk For Wishes at Beardsley Zoo to celebrate its 30th year. More than 1,000 people attended the walk, which sought to raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses. In total, the donations amounted to $70,000, enough to fulfill the wishes of seven children.
The MCs of the event were Anna from Star 99.9’s Anna & Raven Show Mornings and Kristi Olds from News12 Connecticut. More than 30 kids whose wishes had been granted attended the opening ceremony so that they could share their experiences with the guests.
The event also featured a celebration of the wishes of Max and Nicholas, seven-year-old Stamford twins who are fighting a life-threatening illness. Nicholas wanted to go to Atlantis, which he did in April, while Max wanted to meet the Nascar Driver, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., which he was set to do in the near future.
As the owner of Redline Restorations, Colton Amster oversees concours-quality automotive restorations on a variety of classic cars. Under his leadership, Redline Restorations has contributed to multiple philanthropic organizations and community outreach initiatives such as the Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show. In fact, Colton Amster created the “Wheels & Shields” subtitle for this annual charitable event.
All proceeds from Wheels & Shields go directly to the Bridgeport Police Memorial and Bridgeport Police Department Activities League. Over the years, the event has featured prewar and postwar vintage automobiles as well as a wide range of muscle cars, race cars, motorcycles, and trucks. It has also hosted guest appearances by various automotive experts including collector car authority Bill Stephens.
The 2016 Wheels & Shields event took place on April 24, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bridgeport Police Activities League building. In addition to welcoming cars and bikes of all kinds, this gathering offered food and musical performances.
Wounded Warrior Project’s Wounded Care Network
As the owner of Redline Restorations in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster provides world-class automotive restoration services for vehicles of all types. A charitable individual, Colton Amster has also used his professional skills and facility to support the work of organizations such as Make-A-Wish and Wounded Warrior Project.
In partnership with four academic health care partners, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recently launched its Wounded Care Network. The first of its kind, this national mental health program will increase access to mental health care services for veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other conditions affecting mental wellness.
Through the Network, WWP and its four partners–Emory Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and UCLA Health–will offer specialized clinical services to veterans as part of a regional outpatient program or an intensive outpatient program. Both program types will provide participants and their families with the individualized care they need to thrive.
In January 2016, WWP officially started accepting participants for the Wounded Care Network, which will be supported over the next three years through a $100 million commitment from WWP and its health care partners. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.