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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.

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.

November 13, 2013

An Inside Look at Disney's 'Heroes Work Here' and 'Veterans Institute'

By Max Lark, The Walt Disney Company
As we count down the hours until "Veterans Institute," we caught up with Kevin Preston, director, Veterans Initiatives, The Walt Disney Company, to talk about the success of "Heroes Work Here" and the goals of the upcoming workshop.
November 11, 2013

Disney Hosts GI Film Festival Sharing the Stories and Talents of Veterans

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios
On Veterans Day, we take time to honor and thank those who serve our country while recognizing their talents extend far beyond the frontlines. Earlier this month, the artistic abilities of military veterans were on display as The Walt Disney Company, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Disney’s Heroes Work Here hosted the GI Film Festival at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Taking place for the second year in a row in Los Angeles, the festival on November 1-2 celebrated the filmmaking achievements of veterans while providing resources and guidance for those transitioning from military service into the entertainment industry.
October 28, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama to Give Keynote Address at Disney's 'Veterans Institute'

By Max Lark, The Walt Disney Company

Moments ago, The Walt Disney Company announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote address at Disney's first-ever Veterans Institute workshop on November 14 at Walt Disney World Resort.

September 10, 2013

Disney Offers Free 'Veterans Institute' Workshop to Encourage and Support Hiring of Military Veterans

By Max Lark, The Walt Disney Company

Just one of the great things about working at Disney—and something I deeply value—is seeing firsthand the positive impact the Company makes on people and communities around the country. One great example is the Heroes Work Here initiative, which helps U.S. veterans make successful transitions from active duty to civilian life.

March 5, 2013

An Inside Look at Heroes Work Here with Disney's Director of Veteran Initiatives

By David Gill, The Walt Disney Company
Last year, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support at least 1,000 U.S. veterans over a three-year period. The Heroes Work Here initiative has paved the way for veteran career expos around the country, special courses specifically designed for 150 Disney recruiters and 500 hiring managers so that they had a better understanding of military vernacular, and career-coaching sessions for hundreds of veterans during which they learned resume writing and interview skills.