Serving those who serve on Veterans Day

Dec 26, 2012

Bank of America and its employee volunteers are committed to the men, women, and their families who serve in America’s armed forces, and we also have a long tradition of supporting the organizations that sustain them. To honor their bravery and dedication to us all, Bank of America employee volunteers recently participated in Veterans Day events across the country. 

Partnering with groups like the USO, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront and local businesses, Bank of America employee volunteers rolled up their sleeves to assemble care packages, write letters of gratitude, build play spaces for children, and participate in special star-studded events to celebrate America’s military families. A sampling of those events:

Chicago

To honor Veterans Day, 140 Chicago-based Bank of America employees came together to individually assemble 200 care packages – filled with much needed toiletries, snacks, books, games and personalized letters – to benefit those who use the services of the USO of Illinois and are actively serving overseas.

“In Chicago, we are pleased to honor Bank of America’s long-standing commitment to America’s service members by giving our time and support to benefit the USO of Illinois,” said Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President and Corporate Social Responsibility Market Manager for Bank of America in Chicago. “We hope the 200 care packages we assembled help lift the spirits of our courageous military service members and show them how much we care. Today and every day, we thank them for their service.”

Los Angeles

More than 200 LA-based Bank of America employee volunteers and their families recently joined military nonprofit Operation Gratitude to assemble care packages filled with gifts and handwritten letters of thanks for deployed military, and for their loved ones anxiously waiting at home.

”Our care packages put smiles on their faces and send an important message of respect and appreciation to our service members and their families” said Operation Gratitude Founder Carolyn Blashek. “Bank of America and its employees understand the need to lift morale because many of them have served in the military themselves.”

Tampa

Some 200 volunteers from Bank of America, Clark MacDill Builders, AMC East Communities and non-profit KaBOOM! combined forces to build a play space in the Harbor Bay housing development at MacDill Air Force Base on November 10 for children of military families.

"This playground will serve as a gathering place for children to play together and for troops and their families to support one another," said Bill Goede, Tampa Bay market president for Bank of America. "Our employees have always been passionate about giving back to the community, and we're excited to be here today with members of our community to build a wonderful playground."

Washington, D.C.

In the Nation’s Capital, Bank of America teamed with Operation Homefront to host a Veterans Day tailgating celebration at the DC Armory, where more than 400 military families attended. The event featured food, games, prizes and a special appearance from Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo. Following his appearance, families were invited to enjoy NFL games on a big screen TV.

“Veterans Day is an opportunity for the community to embrace service members past and present to thank them for the freedoms they made possible through their service and sacrifice,” said Vivian Dietrich, president of the DC Metro chapter of Operation Homefront. “This tailgate is one way we can reach out and demonstrate our appreciation. Operation Homefront is excited to work with Bank of America as a community sponsor of this event.”

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