TriWest Healthcare Alliance Continues Full Support of El Paso ASYMCA’s Thanksgiving Basket Program and other Military Support Programs

El Paso | Press Release | June 26, 2012

Media contacts:

Jose Melendez, El Paso ASYMCA Executive Director, 915. 562.8461

Scott Celley, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, 602.564.2526,


El Paso, TX (June 26, 2012) — Local military families will continue to receive much-needed support and services from the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) through the help of a $300,000 contribution from longtime supporter TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Facing budget deficits that would have placed popular programs and services—including social events for military children and recognitions of military community members—in jeopardy, the donation will now go toward keeping those programs available for thousands of military families in the El Paso area in 2012-2013.

El Paso-area programs helped by the contribution include:

  • El Paso Military Appreciation Night with the El Paso ASYMCA.
  • The Thanksgiving Food Basket Program enabled the ASYMCA to feed a growing number of 1,400 military and their families during Thanksgiving in 2011,  the largest amount served in the past six years of support.


“TriWest funding has been critical in the El Paso branch caring for soldiers and their families. Each year hundreds of soldiers are also able to take their families to enjoy military appreciation night in El Paso because of the generous support provided by Triwest.  Undoubtedly the contributions made by Triwest help improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families”, states El Paso ASYMCA Executive Director Jose Melendez.

“TriWest stepping up and continuing to fully fund their charitable partners says it all,” said ASYMCA President and CEO Mike Landers. “They care about troops and their families, and the ASYMCA continues to be a proud partner alongside them.”

A Phoenix-based company that administers the U.S. military’s TRICARE health benefit in 21 western states, TriWest is proud to support the ASYMCA and their community outreach efforts, said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr.

“We’re truly privileged to be able to help the ASYMCA in the military communities that we have the honor of serving together,” McIntyre said.


About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance has been On a Mission to Serve® America’s military families since 1996. We connect our 2.9 million military members, retirees and families across 21 western states to more than 175,000 high-quality health care providers. It’s our honor to deliver award-winning customer service through a team of 1,700 people, half of whom have military connections. Life in the military has its challenges—accessing health care shouldn’t be one of them. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog.


About the Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) was rated in the top 3% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2011 achieving their highest rating for the 6th consecutive year.  The ASYMCA makes military life easier with free and low-cost programs for nearly 500,000 junior enlisted military and their families each year at 33 branches and affiliates nationwide. Please visit to learn more.