Veterans Day is an opportunity for the entire nation to collectively thank and honor military members and their families for living a life dedicated to service, and at Comcast NBCUniversal, we are extending this gratitude to the military community throughout the year.
Since 2010, we have hired more than 13,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses, including many who are graduates of our country’s military service academies. Our Veterans Network employee resource group has grown to more than 6,000 members nationwide, and in the last two years we’ve led more than 100 military-focused community service projects as part of Comcast Cares Day, strengthening longstanding partnerships with dozens of military and veteran service organizations making local and national impacts.
I am excited and honored at this deepening commitment Comcast NBCUniversal has made to serve our nation’s military community as customers, employees, and partners. I’m even more excited for what is on the horizon.
Earlier this year, we extended our partnership with Bunker Labs, a national nonprofit organization for military veteran-led startups. In 2015, we became Bunker Labs’ first National Corporate Sponsor and the Founding Sponsor of its Philadelphia location. In that short time frame, Bunker Labs has grown to more than 15 locations across the United States, and they’ve inspired countless success stories. The growth of Bunker Labs and the entrepreneurial spirit of the American veteran means we’re only going to see more of these success stories powering our country’s economic growth over the long-term.
Our company’s tradition of hiring and supporting our employees who actively serve the country in the National Guard and Reserve was recognized when the Department of Defense presented us with its highest honor for employers, the Freedom Award. Comcast NBCUniversal was one of only 15 companies honored out of a pool of 2,575 employers across all 50 states. Our Guard and Reserve employees give us a direct connection to the communities we serve, as evidenced by the work many of them did when they were activated by their military units to support federal recovery initiatives in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana, and the wildfire recovery efforts in California.
Everything Comcast NBCUniversal does to serve the military community is because of our belief that Service Matters – Service to Country, Service to Customers, Service to Communities. During this Veterans Day, and every day moving forward, we hope you join Comcast NBCUniversal in this tribute to those who have committed to living a life of service.