Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who have fought and those who continue to fight for our freedoms.
AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.
We are also very excited to be contributing $25,000 as part of Thank Our Heroes initiative to support a veteran’s outreach organization in New York State later this month to upgrade their technology resources and to provide computer and IT workforce training for veterans looking to retool for the innovation economy. More news on this contribution to come shortly.
For now, I can proudly share with you some of AT&T’s charitable activities around the Empire State to celebrate and provide assistance to veterans and their families.
For the third straight year, AT&T was the top supporter for the Veterans Miracle Mile Center annual “Walk a Mile in Their Boots” fundraiser to honor veterans and active duty service members in the Capital Region. More than 250 participants had the unique opportunity to strap on a pair of “Mickey Mouse Boots” (the preferred footwear of the U.S. military) in extreme weather and for combat protection, so they could have the full experience of wearing the 12 pounds of boots for the mile course. Among the walkers were local AT&T employees who are veterans and part of AT&T’s Veterans Employee Resource Group dedicated to giving back to men and women in New York State who have served our country.
AT&T is proud to be teaming up again this month with Sen. Joseph Griffo, Sen. George Amedore and the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers to encourage their communities to help troops and veterans call home by recycling their old cellular phones and tablets. In each of the senators’ districts, there are designated drop off locations, including all AT&T stores, until mid-December. All proceeds from the recycled devices will be used to purchase long distance calling cards for troops at home and abroad.
For every donated phone valued at $5 in recycled parts, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide 2 ½ hours of free international talk time to deployed troops and veterans via calling cards. The collection drive in both of the senators’ districts provides a way for the community to help ensure soldiers and veterans stay connected with their families and friends. AT&T has been a major supporter of Cell Phones For Soldiers for many years and collects mobile devices throughout the year at all of our stores to benefit the charity and help connect active troops and veterans with loved ones all year round.
In New York City, AT&T is honoring veterans with free admission to the New-York Historical Society for all New Yorkers on Veterans Day and for veterans from Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 12. In addition to the permanent collection celebrating those who have served our country, the current exhibit on the Vietnam War depicts service during the era. Visitors can learn about the experiences of our nation’s heroes and the challenges that many face today through performances, talks, programs and family friendly activities.
On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.
Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.
To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.
We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!
President — AT&T Northeast Region
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