The beginning of November marks Veterans and Military Families Month, with 2018 being the second year that the country will formally dedicate all 30 days to recognizing the unique sacrifices and service of the military community.

At Comcast NBCUniversal, our sustained commitment to Veterans, Military Spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members begins with our workforce, to which we added more than 10,000 military community members to between 2015 and 2017. We’re now expanding on that achievement with a goal to hire an additional 11,000 Veterans, Military Spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members, bringing our total to 21,000 military hires by the end of 2021.

To help meet this goal, we’ve launched several new initiatives with leading organizations in the military hiring space. Earlier this year, Comcast NBCUniversal became a founding partner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 'Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses' campaign, which is raising awareness of military spouse unemployment and encouraging employers to make military spouse hiring commitments, ultimately resulting in a combined 100,000 military spouses hired by the end of 2021. We’re also seeking to empower other employers across the country to succeed in their military hiring efforts through a new partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation, and later this month we will be launching a new “Veterans at Work” Certificate Program for SHRM to educate HR professionals on best practices to attract, hire, and retain Veterans.

We’re also focused on extending our support to our military communities and customers. In August, the company announced that its Internet Essentials program expanded eligibility to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast’s service area. The expansion will be furthered through new nationwide partnerships with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute, two of America’s leading veteran-serving non-profit organizations that will help support the creation of veteran-specific digital skills training videos and supplementary materials, which will be made available online and delivered in classrooms at Comcast-sponsored computer labs in 10 markets. The goal is to connect more low-income veterans to Internet resources, including: online social support networks, health benefits, access to colleges and scholarship programs, digital and technical skills training programs, as well as news, games, and entertainment.

Comcast NBCUniversal has countless people dedicated to strengthening our long-standing ties to the military community, but all of them rally under one belief, which is that Service Matters - Service to Country, Service to Customers, Service to Communities. As Veterans Day approaches, we look forward to having you join us in extending gratitude to those who have and continue to wear the uniform of their branch of the Armed Forces, along with those family members who support that service.