In observance of Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, company officials have announced a $10.4 million charitable grants package to support 102 nonprofit veterans organizations worldwide. The package will fund programs through 2020 and beyond. This latest investment builds on Boeing’s three-year, $25-million commitment to increase veterans giving. Since 2017, Boeing has donated $27.4 million in support of veterans programs.
“On Veterans Day and every day, Boeing is committed to supporting military members, veterans and their families,” said Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. “Our support of veterans and military personnel goes beyond Boeing products and services and includes investing in their transition to civilian life and engaging with their families. With today’s grant announcement, we’ll help bring recovery and rehabilitation programs and workforce transition services to veteran communities and their families worldwide.”
Some of the grants assist Washington nonprofits. That includes a $193,000 Boeing grant to support the new Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) serving post-9/11 veterans and their families. This 2019 grant will enable Valley Cities to expand their mental health services and reach additional clients. It supplements Boeing’s grant of $100,000 in 2018 to support the launch of the clinic.
Another local grant of $150,000 supports the University of Washington Tacoma’s development of a South Puget Sound system for military-connected career education, development and transition for students and alumni.
Other Boeing investments include a $500,000 grant to the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and its sister nonprofit, Corporate America Supports You . Funds will support the direct placement of 1,500 military spouses and 2,000 unemployed and underemployed National Guard, reservists and veterans over a three-year period.
“Since 2004, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network has provided no-cost, targeted employment assistance, vocational training and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses, caregivers and military family members,” said Deb Kloeppel, founder and president, MSCCN. “Boeing was the first and only defense contractor to invest in MSCCN back in 2005, which continues to this very day. Through the support of companies like Boeing, MSCCN is providing this typically underserved, and underemployed community a pathway to portable careers within their chosen career paths.”
The Independence Fund will also receive a $250,000 grant from Boeing to support Operation RESILIENCY, a peer mentorship program that provides mental health and well-being services for combat veterans.
“The Independence Fund is so proud to partner with Boeing in working to end the tragedy of veteran suicide and honored that they have chosen to sponsor Operation RESILIENCY,” said Sarah Verando, CEO of The Independence Fund. “Our program reunites company-sized tactical combat units to help them find the support they require in the same place they found it while at war – in each other.”
Last week, Boeing was also recognized as one of the “Top-Rated Workplaces for Veterans” by Indeed.com. The annual rankings honor the top 50 companies for Veterans in 2019, based on user ratings and reviews on Indeed. The full list of honorees can be found here.
By Jason Capeheart