Did you know that the biggest video game franchise in the world, Call Of Duty, has an endowment dedicated to employing veterans with awesome jobs? Employing America’s heroes after they return home from combat with meaningful careers is a massive issue in our country. The rates of veteran unemployment after leaving the military are staggering: Some 17.3% of young vets age 20-24 are left unemployed, struggling to find jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor estimates there are over 700,000 unemployed veterans in the United States. In fact, veteran unemployment in the United States and WORSE than it is in Afghanistan, which is a damn shame:
One of the organizations trying to change this disturbing trend is the Call of Duty Endowment.
Back in March, at the Call of Duty Championship in Los Angeles, I had an opportunity to chat with the Endowment’s Executive Director Dan Goldenberg after Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas presented him with a $100,000 donation. Check out my interview with him below:
The C.O.D. Endowment works on job placement for returning veterans, convincing employers why pursing vets as employees just makes financial sense. The Call of Duty Endowment accomplishes this by working closely with other organizations like Hire Heroes USA, Hiring Our Heros, Amvets, and the 10,000 Jobs Mission.
For a better idea of how you can help support this tremendous cause, check out the Call of Duty Endowment’s website.
Meanwhile, Activision is offering an incredible opportunity for C.o.D. fans to be immortalized in a Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC Zombies level. By entering the Call of Duty Endowment’s contest over at Omaze, you can enter for a chance to have your name immortalized inside a Zombies level, have lunch with Treyarch’s studio head Mark Lamia, explore Treyarch Studios in a behind-the-scenes tour, and chill in a four-star L.A. hotel. More details in the video below. Don’t forget to sign-up over at Omaze!