02.19.14 Mission Continues
2013 was a landmark year for Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative.
In March, 2013 we expanded our goal to hire an additional 1,000 veterans through 2015, and to date, since March 2012, have hired more than 2,900 veterans. Just a couple months ago, the Company also built on its commitment to assist servicemen and servicewoman in their transition to civilian life with the inaugural Veterans Institute.
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger participated in the event, lending their time to talk about the value and importance of this initiative. The complimentary day-long workshop gathered hundreds of businesses of all sizes for a singular, important mission: help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own based on Disney’s success story.
Additionally, Disney will continue to partner with select nonprofit organizations that provide training and other support services for veterans, as well as build upon its community and recruitment outreach.
As part of these outreach efforts, Disney’s Heroes Work Here recently hosted an event held at the Walt Disney World® Resort for 120 new veteran volunteers from Mission Continues. The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans transition successfully by focusing their talents and energy on tackling challenges here at our home front.
The event capped off a weekend of volunteer service that involved the renovation of Quest South, an organization that helps build communities where people with disabilities achieve their goals, and included a private viewing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. “It was our pleasure to host this event and help our veterans transition from the military to community service” Kevin Preston – Director of Veterans Initiatives – Disney