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June 25, 2015

The Walt Disney Company Receives 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

By Beth Deitchman, The Walt Disney Company



Today the Department of Defense announced that Disney is one of 15 recipients of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the department to employers that support National Guard and Reserve employees. The recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon on August 21.

November 3, 2014

Disney VoluntEARS Build New Playspace for Veterans' Families

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company
Last week, 140 VoluntEARS—a team that consisted of senior leaders, including Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Heroes Work Here veterans and Golden Oak Ranch staff members—helped transform an empty lot in Santa Clarita, California, into a kid-designed playspace in less than eight hours. Habitat for Humanity volunteers, along with local residents and organizers from KaBOOM!, also lent a hand to make the project come to life. Located on a campus that’s home to veterans’ families, the playground was designed to help former service members and their loved ones make the transition to civilian life.
Topics: Citizenship
August 19, 2014

Disney's 'Veterans Institute' Workshop Presented by the USAA Takes Place Today in San Antonio

By Cynthia Momdjian, The Walt Disney Company

Today is a special day for Disney as our second Veterans Institute presented by the USAA takes place in San Antonio, Texas. This event builds on the Company’s ongoing commitment to support U.S. veterans, and it is also the first of several anticipated regional workshops we hope to bring to select cities around the nation in the future.

January 27, 2014

Disney Supports Student Veterans of America with New Scholarship Program

By Max Lark, The Walt Disney Company
2013 was a landmark year for Disney’s "Heroes Work Here" initiative. In early March, we expanded our goal to hire an additional 1,000 veterans through 2015, and to date, since March 2012, have hired more than 2,900 veterans. Also, just a couple months ago, the Company built on its commitment to assist servicemen and servicewoman in their transition to civilian life with the inaugural "Veterans Institute." The complimentary day-long workshop gathered hundreds of businesses of all sizes for a singular, important mission: help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own based on Disney’s success story.
November 14, 2013

Inaugural Disney 'Veterans Institute' Takes Place Today at Walt Disney World

By Max Lark, The Walt Disney Company

Today’s Veterans Institute, a first-of-its-kind event for Disney, marks a new milestone in the Company’s ongoing commitment to supporting U.S. veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life.