The Call of Duty Endowment has announced that it is joining MGM Resorts International in supporting the “Boots To Business” veteran transition assistance program. The Call of Duty Endowment selected the program as one of the best-in-class veterans’ service organizations nationwide to receive the 2014 Seal of Distinction Award, which comes with an initial $30,000 grant, along with operational advice and support, and the opportunity to apply for additional restricted funding to encourage further growth.
The “Boots To Business” program started with MGM Resorts International in 2012 It assists in helping veterans navigate the transition from military careers into the civilian workforce. Veterans work with a Red Cross specialist to identify talents and experience that will best translate into the current workplace, and then find ways in which to highlight those experiences so that potential employers will understand how those talents will benefit their business.
“We are humbled to receive this recognition from the Call of Duty Endowment, whose Seal of Distinction has come to represent the gold standard for veterans’ service organizations,” said Scott Emerson, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “The Endowment’s support will enable us to strengthen and expand our services that help veterans find the career opportunities they need and deserve.”
“The Call of Duty Endowment is proud to offer its support to the American Red Cross, which is a model for how to deliver employment services to veterans in a smart and cost-effective manner,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Working with Deloitte Consulting, we’ve created an extremely rigorous process for evaluating veterans’ organizations to ensure that only those with the strongest track records of impact receive funding. We owe it to America’s veterans to hold all non-profits in this space to the highest standards.”
The Call of Duty Endowment launched the Seal of Distinction in August 2013. It awarded $1.2 million in total grants last year and will award more than $4 million in grants this year to seven winners. To see a list of last year’s winners, go to 2013 Seal of Distinction winners.
About the Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation conceived by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment seeks to help organizations that provide job placement services for veterans. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.
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About MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.