Here at the Military.com Veteran Job Blog we’ll always pay attention to companies and individuals who aid our nation’s veterans as they search for the jobs. Today we have a guest post courtesy of Colonel Alan Baldwin (USMC-Ret.), who attended last week’s Call of Duty XP event hosted by Activision. Activision invited over 500 active duty and retired military personnel to attend the event, which supports the Call of Duty Endowment. The endowment helps veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
Colonel Alan Baldwin:
Last weekend, Activision wrapped up their inaugural Call of Duty XP – a two day event for Call of Duty fans which featured a wide variety of events including real live-action experiences based on game maps, video game competitions, a major $1 million Call of Duty Tournament, and the world premiere of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer game and Call of Duty Elite, a new online platform for gamers.
From where I sit, the thing that made COD XP especially meaningful was that there were lots of active duty troops participating in the event (both in person and virtually) – made possible thanks to a generous ticket donation by Activision to military installations all around the Southern California area.
Over the course of the two days, more than 500 active duty and retired military personnel attended the event – for free. Once they arrived, they were treated to additional perks, including free branch-specific t-shirts, and the opportunity to play Call of Duty against a handful of the biggest stars the NBA has to offer – Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, and Chris Bosh.
As part of a production put on by Pro vs. GI Joe – a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides America’s heroes with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities by pitting them against their favorite professional athletes and celebrities in heated yet fun video game competitions via the Internet and in person – allowed military personnel in attendance at COD XP the opportunity to join teams with the NBA stars and play Call of Duty remotely against service members stationed overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. And following each round of games, Activision donated $5,000 in the name of the winning team to the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization launched in 2009 by Activision Blizzard which helps soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service.
But $5,000 pales in comparison to Activision’s ongoing support of the Call of Duty Endowment. Since its launch in 2009, Activision has provided the Endowment with over $1 million to distribute in grants to organizations that support the mission of helping veterans find jobs. Activision also announced that 100% of ticket sales to Call of Duty XP will be given to the Endowment.
I am proud to be part of an organization like the Call of Duty Endowment, and to be associated with a company like Activision. COD XP was a great event and only further solidified the dedication that Activision has for American military personnel, both past and present.