By Shannon Vaughan
Veterans Day, which honors all past and current service members, takes place on Monday, November 11, 2019. In addition to taking time to visit your local military cemetery, watch a historical military film, enjoy a Veterans Day parade or simply express gratitude to the veterans in your life, you can honor today’s service members by participating in several USO partner promotions. Take a look:
Blue Moon is honoring Veterans Day with a donation to the USO and by launching the Blue Moon Salutes All beer, an American pale ale with liberty and warrior hops. Made by Blue Moon employees who are also veterans, the beverage is “brewed by the brave for the brave.” Country music band, Old Dominion also joined in to show their support for the cause. Check out Blue Moon (@bluemoon) and Old Dominion (@olddominionband) for videos to learn more.
Coca-Cola has launched its annual GIVE campaign, a sweepstakes that runs through November 18 and benefits the USO. For every product code you scan, a donation is made to the USO and you are also entered for a chance to win a USO-branded DemerBox! Visit Coke.com/USO to learn more.
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (CIS) has partnered with the USO to give back to those who give so much for our country. As part of the ‘Rewarding Those Who Serve’ campaign, CIS will be donating 12 million Radisson Rewards loyalty program points to the USO to arrange travel for a handful of deserving military families during the holiday season this year. CIS will also be running a promotion where, if you book rooms from November 1 through December 31, 2019 for stays through January 31, 2020, $5 from each night’s stay will be donated back to the USO (using promo code CISUSO). Visit ilovethiscountry.com to learn more.
For the second year, the USO Pathfinder® program has teamed up with FedEx to give transitioning service members and military spouses a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the FedEx NFL Football Fellowship. The 12-week program gives four candidates an opportunity to gain on-the-job training with NFL teams, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans. Read about each of the 2019 fellows here and check out FedEx (@FedEx) for videos to learn more.
For Veterans Day, Google is sharing a story about a veteran who has gone through the USO Pathfinder® and Google IT Support Professional Certificate program. This story highlights the work that the USO initiated with Grow with Google in 2018, when the company provided a $2.5 million grant to offer IT support training to military veterans and their spouses. On Veterans Day, check out the story on Google’s stories page.
The USO and Lowe’s are building a great partnership together. The USO has worked with Lowe’s to host several workshops for military spouses in addition to participating in the Lowe’s H.O.M.E. event on November 6 in North Carolina, which was designed to introduce Lowe’s employees to the USO-Lowe’s partnership. November 6 also marked the kickoff of a national Campaign to Connect activation that will be promoted in all Lowe’s stores, inviting consumers like you to share a message of thanks with service members.
Lyft recently launched its Jobs Access program, which helps transitioning service members participating in USO Pathfinder® get transportation to job opportunities. This initiative focusses on three key roles: rides to/from job training programs, rides to/from job interviews, and rides to/from the first three weeks of employment. Don’t forget that the USO is also part of Lyft’s Round Up & Donate program.
Maxwell House is inviting costumers to thank our troops for their service! Until December 8, for every Maxwell House product bought at participating Kroger stores, another coffee product will be donated to the USO up to 100,000 units. You can also engage with our service members by sending them a message through the site USO.org/MaxwellHouse.
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