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Disney Named a Recipient of 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

The Walt Disney Company was recently named one of the 15 recipients of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest recognition from the Department of Defense that is given to employers that support National Guard and Reserve employees.

Veterans Empowerment Summit Encourages Veterans to Get Connected

The National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando recently hosted the Veterans Empowerment Summit to motivate veterans to "get engaged, get connected, and get going on your next assignment."

Kevin Preston, director of the Walt Disney Company's Heroes Work Here initiative spoke at the summit about searching for jobs and why veterans are essential to the workforce.

2013 was Landmark Year for Disney Citizenship Performance

The Walt Disney Company is reporting that 2013 was a "landmark" year for citizenship performance.

In 2012, Disney published a series of time-bound, measurable targets to track citizenship performance, and the 2013 Disney Citizenship Summary is the second published disclosure of progress toward those targets.

Disney Continues Support of Veterans with New Scholarship Program

As part of the company's ongoing Heroes Work Here initiative, Disney recently announced a new partnership with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to provide three scholarships to student veterans.

The scholarships, each worth $10,000, will be awarded to student veterans who are pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). In addition to the scholarship, the recipients will also be guaranteed an interview for an internship with The Walt Disney Company.

First Lady Michelle Obama to Give the Keynote Address at Disney’s Veterans Institute Workshop

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote address at next month's Veterans Institute workshop at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Veterans Institute workshop is a free program offered by Disney to inspire companies to employ servicemen and women who are transitioning to the private sector.

Disney’s ‘Heroes Work Here’ Co-Hosting Veterans Institute Workshop at Walt Disney World in November

Disney is hosting a free Veterans Institute this fall as part of its ongoing Heroes Work Here initiative to hire, train, and support military veterans. The Institute's goal is to inspire other companies to employ servicemen and women who are transitioning to the private sector.

The day-long event is planned for November 14, at Disney's Yacht Club Resort and is co-sponsored by Heroes Work Here and the Disney Institute.

New Heroes Work Here Program Announced

At its annual shareholder meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week, Walt Disney Co. announced its new Heroes Work Here program which is designed to help put returning military vets to work.

There are three elements to Heroes Work Here. First, Disney will hire and train 1,000 servicemen and women over the next three years. Second, Disney will seek to ease the transition into civilian life for the vets and their families. Third, a national public awareness campaign is planned to help encourage all sectors of business to hire those who have served the country.