Call of Duty: Raising Awareness for Veteran Jobs

September 12, 2011 |

Call of Duty Endowment receives a check

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.

About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an editor at Military.com. His interests include naval history, the New York football Giants, and loud rock music.

Comments

  1. Joe says:

    I retired from the Navy in 96 i am currently on my 4th job and it seems as if everytime they have a managment change and they bring in non veterans they try to force the veterans out of the managment slots or just out of the door with most of us. there is a serious issue in the work force i have seen it in more than one facility after leaving the military. the more upper managment that is non military the more we are being forced out. have heard them say we got a free ride already and we lack leadership. witch i know from my personel situation is false. i have seen good men and leaders pushed out so the buddy system can be applied and unethical and serious lack of integrity move in and up. very frustrating for most of us who still try to do the right thing just like all of us that serve understand. thanks for hearing me DC1 (sw/ aw)

    • Chase Ford says:

      You are absolutely right. I have seen it many times myself. It is time for America's veterans to band together and support those who support them. Let your buying dollars speak for you.

      • Dave says:

        Seek jobs with vets running the show. They can be 22 or 82. Vets understand the value of former military personnel. For the most part, civilians simply don't (or can't) get it.

        This opinion is based on 33 years in the recruiting business.

  2. BOB SHIRO says:

    I EXPLAIN TO ALL EMPLOYERS "IT IS OUR AMERICA PATRIOTIC DUTY TO MAKE SURE OUR ACTIVE MILITARY AND OUR VETERANS GET GREAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES". I ALSO EXPLAIN TO ALL EMPLOYERS I MEET "IF THEY ARE HELPING OUR MILITARY TO BE EMPLOYED BY THEIR COMPANIES THEY ARE AMERICAS HEROUS". I HAVE ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A SPECIAL EMPLOYER HERO DAY ONCE A YEAR. IF THIS SPECIAL NATIONAL DAY TOOK PLACE COMPANY EMPLOYERS RECOGNIZED AND .WOULD BE PROUD OF HIRING RETIRED MILITARY, NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVISTS. I CAL ON MANY AND I WILL ALWAYS HELP OUR MILITARY "THE NUMBER ONE IN AMERICA".
    BOB SHIRO VIRGINIA ESGR

  3. BJ Rehmer says:

    Companies such as PCL Construction are a big part of the problem. Canadian-based companies do not properly respect our American values even as they are doing business in our country. PCL's treatment of Richard Ford (a Viet Nam era veteran) only serve to illustrate that point clearly. Despite numerous promises..PCL has done little or nothing ton investigate the safety issues Richard raised within the company before they laid him off following his injury in a crane accident. Why do we allow our veterans to be treated this way by foreign companies operating in America?

  4. Honestman says:

    As of this date, PCL Construction an Motiva LLC have not fairly addressed this problem despite the fact that doctors have found Richard Ford to be permanently disabled from the accident. We should be ashamed of not banding together and boycotting Shell oil and PCL construction.