I’m sure everyone at your office has been talking about Jeep’s “Whole Again” Super Bowl ad and its tribute to America’s Veterans. Our co-founders, SMA Tilley (Chairman) and Ted Hacker (President) were also talking about Veterans at the Super Bowl during its Media Day, in part due to the generous support of Navy Federal Credit Union. One of our ongoing concerns is how to continually raise awareness for the service, sacrifice and needs of our Veteran’s, active duty military and their families.
How do we raise awareness for the employment needs of more than 840,000 unemployed Veterans? According to a January 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, over 1 in 10 post 9/11 Veterans are looking for jobs. In an effort to combat these levels of high unemployment, the Foundation will lauch its W2: Warriors to the Workforce program on February 26-28, 2013 at the Joint Base San Antonio and Ft. Hood in Texas, a state with the second highest number of unemployed Vets. This three day event includes an intensive symposium followed by hiring events at the Joint Base San Antonio and Ft. Hood. The 2013 W2: Warriors to the Workforce schedule of events are an extension of the Foundation’s nationwide initiative over the last two years to address Veteran’s employment needs.
How can we get more Americans engaged in serving those who have served? Our American Freedom Festivals, like the one scheduled March 22nd in Huntsville presented by Northop Grumman featuring Trace Adkins and Jana Kramer, create substantial public awareness and education opportunities while also supporting local charities like Still Serving Veterans. Since its inception, the American Freedom Foundation has donated over $1.1 million to non-profit organizations that provide services to Veterans, active duty military and their families.
What can you do to help?
As our Friend, you already support Veterans in some important way and we’d like to say THANKS. Thanks for making a donation to support our work. Thanks for purchasing tickets to our benefit concerts to support local charities that serve Veterans. Thanks for extending our message by liking us on Facebook.
But, even more importantly, thanks for keeping Veterans in your daily dialogue with your customers, co-workers, friends and neighbors. Your work to make America “Whole Again” is as valuable as any Super Bowl Ad.