Veterans Day is a time to pause to remember those who serve our country in the military, and the cable industry is no different. But cable doesn’t confine its commitment to our nation’s military to just one day or even one month – it’s year-round.
For the 11th year, cable operators across the country, including several in Texas, are participating in the Take a Veteran to School initiative from programmer HISTORY. Through events held at schools on or around Veterans Day, the popular public affairs outreach program connects veterans from all walks of life with students in schools and communities nationwide.
In 2017, thousands of schools in all 50 states are expected to participate. As part of this campaign, HISTORY offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials as well as short videos and additional resources, all provided free-of-charge.
Another way cable honors veterans is by hiring them and helping them build a career, not just fill a job. It’s a win/win: those who served our country transition into a new career, and the cable industry gains highly skilled and disciplined employees. Cable is among the nation’s industries that recognize that military veterans have valuable talents and attributes – technical expertise, collaborative skills and a strong work ethic – that can be translated to many professional positions.
Comcast has hired more than 13,000 members of the military community since 2010. Learn more about Comcast’s commitment to the military, from recruitment and hiring initiatives to partnerships with Veteran-serving nonprofit organizations.
Charter Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Marchand recently testified to the U.S. House Veteran Affairs Committee that Charter is committed to expanding its outreach to veterans and helping to give them good jobs with benefits. He said Charter employs 12,000 veterans, who comprise 13 percent of the company’s workforce. Of that number, 4,000 veterans had been added since January. He said Charter plans to boost veteran hiring by 5 percent over the next three years.
In addition, Marchand testified that more than 1,000 veterans at military bases in four states are enrolled in Charter training programs, with plans to expand to a national program in the 41 states served by Charter.
As a whole, the cable industry debuted Mission Media almost two year ago. Mission Media’s role is to support the career and personal development of military veterans across the internet and television arena. The collective effort aims not only to recruit veterans to the industry, but to provide them with the training and support they need to succeed.