Fireworks, BBQ, parades, time with family and friends…there is so much to look forward to going into the celebrations this weekend. As we pause tomorrow to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy this Independence Day, I hope we all remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect the rights we can often take for granted.
“Cell Phones For Soldiers is grateful for AT&T and the continued support of its employees,” said Robbie Bergquist, co-founder of Cell Phones For Soldiers. “AT&T stands for service, service to our heroes. For more than seven years, Cell Phones For Soldiers has seen firsthand AT&T’s commitment to our troops and veterans.”
On the home front, we know that one of the most important ways to show our appreciation for our veterans is to support them during their transition out of the military. We understand that veterans bring exceptional talent to the workforce, and our company has benefited greatly from the leadership, skills and character of the veterans who have joined our ranks. Over the next four years, AT&T has pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and their families as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. In 2013 alone, we hired more than 4,000 veterans and their family members, nearly five times as many veterans compared to 2012.
Through our work with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), we celebrate and honor wounded veterans and their families by donating more than 3,000 tickets to concerts, sporting and family events across the country for them to enjoy. Over the past few years, we also have worked with WWP to raise funds and awareness for the Warriors to Work program that provides career guidance and support to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce.