By Lt. Col. Vincent J. Perrone (USAF, retired), president & CEO, Veterans Inc.
On Veterans Day, Americans come together to reflect on the heroism of all those who have answered the call of duty. We take time during the day to honor our veterans in many ways from lining parade routes, attending ceremonies and volunteering in our communities to running in road races, playing games and visiting with family and friends.
At Veterans Inc., every day is for veterans. We are the region’s leading provider of support services to veterans and their families. Since 1991, Veterans Inc., based in Worcester, has helped more than 55,000 veterans and their dependents in need. Today, we operate offices and programs in Boston and all six New England states.
All our support services require resources. The team at Activision Blizzard, makers of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest edition of the multi-billion dollar video game franchise, understands that requirement. As a result, a few years ago CEO Bobby Kotick founded the Call of Duty Endowment. The goal of the Endowment, led by executive director Dan Goldenberg and co-chair Gen. James L. Jones (USMC, retired), is to give veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other military conflicts the opportunity and tools to find 21st century jobs.
Last week, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) announced that Veterans Inc. has been named as recipient of the "Seal of Distinction" for its efforts to help veterans in need and specifically for its effectiveness and efficiency in placing veterans in jobs.
Along with this honor comes a grant and recognition as a leader in the veteran employment field. With over 40,000 agencies across the country serving veterans, Veterans Inc. is one of just seven non-profits nationwide selected by CODE to receive the award.
So, however you choose to spend your Veterans Day, be it on Main Street or online, send a message that all our veterans in need are not alone, that you care about them not only on Veterans Day but every day and you are here to help.
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