Disney’s philanthropic and VoluntEARS support of the military, veterans and their families.
has a long history of supporting the military, which dates back to Walt himself. Just shy of his seventeenth birthday, Walt Disney attempted to enlist in the military during World War I but was rejected because of his age. In an effort to do his part, Walt joined the Red Cross and was stationed in Europe during the war.
During World War II, Walt created and produced training films for the Armed Forces. In the 1940s, Walt became one of the original sponsors of the Marine Toy for Tots Foundation and helped to design the original Toys for Tots logo.
The company supports the USO to help comfort service members and their families by sending Operation Disney Care Packages to USO centers around the world. In addition, Disney VoluntEARS participate in a variety of global service projects and have helped to send over 100,000 Disney Operation Uplift postcards to service members worldwide.
In addition to providing career opportunities for veterans as part of the Heroes Work Here Initiative, The Walt Disney Company is focusing philanthropic support on four organizations to help provide programs and services in order to assist veterans and their families. These organizations are: Blue Star Families, The Mission Continues, USA Cares and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Through the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees will also have the chance to participate in service projects with veterans’ organizations in communities around the country. Non-profit organizations may visit www.DisneyOutreach.com to find out how to request additional support.