TriWest Healthcare Alliance Continues Full Support of Oak Harbor ASYMCA’s Child Care Center and other Military Support Programs


Oak Harbor, WA | Press Release | June 26, 2012

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Butch Laurion, Oak Harbor ASYMCA,

Scott Celley, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, 602.564.2526,

Oak Harbor, WA (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 hundreds of military families in the Oak Harbor area in 2012-2013.

TriWest funding since 2007 has allowed the Oak Harbor ASYMCA to provide low cost child care at the Oak Harbor ASYMCA.  Executive Director Butch Laurion says the donation “allows military families to place their children in a quality safe learning environment at a reasonable rate, which some could possibly not afford without the assistance of TriWest’s generous annual donation.”  The Washington State licensed year round child development center cares for 75 military children in the age groups of 30 months through 12 years old in three distinct areas; child care (pre-school curriculum included), all day kindergarten, & school age 5-12 years old in grades K-5th grade.

“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.