Yesterday’s post was about a very unhappy man who was mad at
(insert name of home improvement store here)
for not being eligible for a military discount.
I was thinking after I posted that story that many people are not aware of how much some companies work very hard to support actual veterans-in-need causes. Because I have worked with different groups over the years, I am a bit more familiar with them. It may surprise you as well.
This announcement was made in 2016 on Home Depot’s web site.
The Home Depot Foundation Pledges Quarter of a Billion Dollars to Veteran-Related Causes by 2020
The Home Depot Foundation has focused on U.S. military veteran support since 2011. Today’s increased commitment will help address continued veteran challenges, including:
More than 39,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. More than one million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and subpar living conditions.
- More than 39,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. More than one million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and subpar living conditions.
- More than 3.8 million veterans have a service-connected disability.
- There has been a 60% increase in veterans with service-connected disabilities since 1990
- More than 9.4 million veterans are age 65 and older. Many of these veterans need home modifications so they can age-in-place safely.
“We consider it a duty and honor to give back to our veterans,” said The Home Depot Foundation board member and chair Giles Bowman. “We know they experience many challenges when they return from service and their home shouldn’t be one of them. This increased commitment demonstrates our dedication to serving our nation’s heroes.”
The announcement kicks off The Home Depot Foundation’s sixth annual Celebration of Service. Celebration of Service is a two-month-long campaign focused on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. From September 1 through Veterans Day, Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, will work with local and national nonprofit organizations to complete projects for aging, combat-wounded and homeless veterans.
Since that time, they have also made massive donations for disaster relief in some of the major hurricanes and storms around the country. In 2018 alone, they have increased their charitable giving to over $4,000,000.
I have to assume that many of the areas affected by the storm are home to veterans and will benefit from the generosity of Home Depot and others.
I am very sorry the gentleman didn’t get his $1.50 discount on that hammer he wanted. He probably spent that much in gas as he drove across town to (insert name of the other home improvement store here).
But I did want to give a shout out to Home Depot for their awesome work with veterans of all kinds.
If you want to learn more about their story, you can go here:
Thanks to all who honor our veterans in meaningful ways.
By the way, this is not a paid endorsement… just wanted to let some sun shine on a nice group of people