Created in 1996 by the Armed Services YMCA, Veterans and Military Families Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the sacrifices American armed forces make both while deployed and home, including those made by their families and loved ones. Active military members contend with separation from their families and families may need to move regularly and deal with new living situations and communities. Veterans Day is on November 11 and was established in 1919 by President Wilson as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. This day was filled with parades, public gatherings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. It was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1968, under the Uniform Holiday Bill and has since been a day to celebrate life, love, and sacrifice.
Experian is honoring the Veteran community with several activities planned by the Military, Veterans and Patriots (MVP) Employee Resource Group (ERG). Their marquee event is in partnership with some of the company’s other ERGs on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (the day before Veterans Day). It features a virtual panel discussion with ERG members along with external special guest speakers. They’ll also encourage employees to purchase MVP items in our ERG “Swag Store,” where they can also make a donation at check-out to the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds comfort homes where military and veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
Additionally, the MVP ERG is organizing a webinar on Monday, Nov. 8 with the ASPIRE ERG, which focuses on mental health, disabilities, and caregivers. Together, they’re going to discuss mental wellbeing and dive into our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits that are designed to help our colleagues, and their household members, through difficult times. The speakers will cover specially designed Military resources that support active Military, Veterans, and their families. This includes deployment planning, post-deployment reintegration support and career transition guidance, community-based support resources, and assistance with housing and moving.
Lastly, the MVP ERG is promoting in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities that support Operation Help a Hero, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the well-being and care of our American military members. The optional in-person event, ‘Operation Rack Pack’, benefits the Marines and Sailors of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. For those comfortable with in-person activities, the MVP ERG is also promoting a volunteer event with Operation Help a Hero at Camp Pendleton on November 13.
The MVP ERG is working with the social teams to share external posts that’ll recognize the MVP community and Veterans Day.
To recognize Veterans and Military Families Month, Guidewell’s CEO will create a message recognizing Veteran’s Day and enterprise-wide collection for deployed service members who are friends and family of Florida Blue employees
Thriving in the Face of Change at Freddie Mac Freddie Mac’s Military Appreciation Business Resource Group will commemorate the month with programming focused on giving back to local communities, thriving in the face of change and supporting Freddie Mac’s mission of making home possible. Highlights include:
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ’s Military Affinity Group (MAG) will host their annual Veterans Day celebratory event on November 11. The event will feature a retired Major General Army member, a Captain of the USAF, and the New Jersey ESGR Outreach Director. All employees are invited to attend this event virtually. The celebratory event on 11/11 will also include a flag-raising ceremony at 9:00am with a moment of silence. Other noteworthy events include:
To honor Veterans and Military Families Month, Lenovo leadership will send emails along with a gift shipped to veteran employees’ homes for them and their families. The company is also finalizing a volunteer opportunity with the Philanthropy Team to give employees the chance to have direct impact in the veteran community. An ERG in the company will be hosting an internal virtual event for all employees, that will have an educational focus on military families. And Lenovo is proud to announce the launching of the VET ERG on Veterans Day 2021.
To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month, Merck is hosting the following events:
To honor Veterans Day, Moody’s employees have sponsored a new Veteran service puppy, Victory. She is a yellow lab, born in September, and their first female service dog! Moody’s has been sponsoring service dogs since 2017 in conjunction with an organization called VetDogs.
In addition to this, Moody’s Veterans BRG also commemorates and pays tribute to Veterans with intranet posts, special Zoom backgrounds, and email signatures. This year, the Veterans BRG also embarked upon a card-writing campaign and mailed cards to over two hundred veterans!
To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month, New York Life is hosting the following events: