At AT&T, our values to Embrace Freedom and Stand for Equality are core to who we are, and we believe they are essential to building an equitable society. As we reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day, appreciation is top of mind for the many sacrifices and service our military personnel provide to protect our country and freedoms.
From our community engagement initiatives to inclusive workforce and hiring efforts, AT&T works to empower veterans year-round. We recognize how valuable veterans’ leadership, critical thinking, and diverse perspectives can be and we have invested in programs focused on the transition from military service to a civilian corporate setting. This year, AT&T was named one of the Best Employers for Vets by Military Times and Military Friendly recognized us for being a military friendly employer in four categories.
Additionally, our commitment to veterans extends far beyond our walls. The AT&T Veterans Employee Group supports more than 7,000 members in 40 chapters across the country. In observance of Veterans Day, the group is hosting a virtual fundraiser throughout the month to support thousands of care packages filled with food, hygiene, and appreciation items led by Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit for hands-on volunteerism in support of active-duty military, veterans, and first responders.
We are also proud to share that earlier this year, AT&T was selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver a modernized and resilient urban and rural data network that will serve as a foundation for innovative VA technology capabilities. As the public safety’s communications partner with FirstNet®, we’re honored to further support the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force with mission-centric capabilities to support critical communications among their first responders and public safety personnel.
And lastly, veterans touch our lives daily. They are members of our families, our communities and our company. Preserving the stories of sacrifice and leadership from those who have served our country is of utmost importance, for present and future generations. That’s why we are also honored to be the founding sponsor of the soon-to-be built National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington, Texas. As a native Texan, I am excited to see this project come to life right here in Texas.
On Veterans Day, and every day, AT&T honors and thanks all veterans for their valor, sacrifice and patriotism. To learn more about AT&T’s veterans support or our military discount offers, please visit the AT&T Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.