On Wednesday, Deloitte announced that their partnership with the veteran-focused Call of Duty Endowment - a non-profit, public benefit corporation co-founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard - has recognized three organizations that help veterans transition to the workforce with their prestigious "Seal of Distinction Award."
The Call of Duty Endowment looks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market, mainly by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. Since 2009, the Endowment has granted over $13 million to help combat veteran displacement. As of 2015 grantees proudly helped over 17,000 veterans find meaningful employment.
Every year, the Endowment works with Deloitte to recognize particularly outstanding veteran-serving organizations with the "Seal of Distinction Award." The 2015 recipients are as follows:
- Operation: Job Ready Veterans provides employment transition programs and services in the Indianapolis, IN area to ensure that veterans have the opportunity to realize their educational, employment and career goals. The team coaches clients through creating a transition plan, preparing for interviews, working with recruiters, networking and onboarding strategies. It also provides up to six months of follow-on employment and supportive services for clients.
- Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence provides “one-stop” transitional services in and around Colorado Springs, CO with a special emphasis on veterans, military personnel, and their families. Through its Peer Navigators Veteran Integration Program, the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence provides individualized support to transitioning service members in their quest to find civilian employment. This assistance includes helping to define goals and objectives, providing resume and search assistance, honing interview skills and coordinating networking events. It also delivers space, expertise and other resources to veterans and the military community in collaboration with community partners.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America is a Washington, DC based organization that aims to create an America where all veterans and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to live full and rewarding lives, including employment. Through Operation PAVE, a vocational rehabilitation program, Paralyzed Veterans of America provides one-on-one career counseling and assistance to veterans and their families. All services, from resume assistance, interview preparation, vocational counseling to employer networking are provided at no charge—and are available to dependents as well.
Additionally, each of the 2015 Seal organizations will receive a $30,000, unrestricted grant and the opportunity to apply for additional funding.
For more information on the Call of Duty endowment, head to the organization's site here.