Celebrating Service During National Veterans & Military Families Month
At Comcast NBCUniversal, Military Engagement and building a future of unlimited possibilities for veterans, service members, and military families are part of our company's DNA. Our celebration of the military community runs year-round, but we're always excited to turn it up a notch during National Veterans and Military Families Month.
2022 is the first year in the last two decades that U.S. service members weren't deployed to support a major theater of operations overseas. However, we can't forget that thousands of men and women in uniform are deployed worldwide, working with partner countries, patrolling trade routes, providing aid to those in need, and much more.
Because their service never stops, ours won't either.
Advancing Digital Equity
Thousands of veterans and military families are connected to the Internet through our Internet Essentials and Lift Zones at military community organizations nationwide. And Comcast's participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program offers the opportunity for more veterans and military families to connect. Advancing digital equity among the military community allows veterans and military families to access VA benefits, telehealth resources, career and education programs, and critical social connections.
These are part of our Project UP initiative, our dedication to impacting the communities we serve. Over the next ten years, we're investing $1 billion to advance digital equity, reaching tens of millions of people nationwide.
Empowering Military Communities
Comcast NBCUniversal collaborates with organizations that support military communities. Since 2011, our company has provided over $197 million in cash and in-kind giving to these organizations. We also continue working with partners to develop programs and advocacy initiatives to increase access to the Internet, develop digital skills and career programs, and improve the wellness of veterans, service members, and military families. Our Team UP national employee volunteer program brings Comcast teams together to show their respect and support for military communities.
Military Experiences on Xfinity and NBC News NOW
Xfinity has curated a collection of documentaries, TV programs, and news specials to celebrate National Veterans and Military Families Month. The collection on Xfinity X1, Flex, and Stream offers viewers authentic stories of the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of U.S. service members and military families. The destination also features video content from national nonprofit partners for viewers to learn more about supporting veterans, military caregivers, and military kids.
Xfinity customers can say "Military Appreciation" into their Xfinity Voice Remote on X1 and Flex to access the content.
Watch “American Vets: Beyond the Battlefield” on NBC News NOW on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT. The Veterans Day special features authentic experiences of courage, healing, and events impacting the military community at home and abroad.
Throughout November, Comcast Newsmakers salutes America’s military community by spotlighting key issues, including those facing military caregivers and veterans with disabilities. Guests include representatives from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, America's VetDogs, the American Legion, and the WWII Foundation. Interviews will be available to Comcast customers on Xfinity X1, Flex, and Stream using the voice command "Comcast Newsmakers" and free to the public at ComcastNewsmakers.com.
Starting with our company's founder Ralph Roberts, a World War II Navy veteran, we deeply value the energy and skills military-connected teammates bring to our workplaces. We're excited to share that we've hired well over 19,400 veterans, National Guard and reserve service members, and military spouses since 2015. Our award-winning military-inclusive workplace empowers these teammates to thrive in their careers, and we're committed to continuing to open career opportunities for military-connected talent.
On behalf of Comcast NBCUniversal, it's my honor to express our company's gratitude to our nation's veterans, service members, and military families.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs.