Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has joined the Call of Duty Endowment's new "Hire. Honor." campaign by urging businesses to honor veterans by hiring veterans. He reminds employers that an overwhelming majority of combat veterans have emerged stronger and become even greater assets to our country.
Mattis makes his point in a new public-service spot from the video game company Activision's veteran employment charity.
Over the course of its history, the Call of Duty Endowment has placed more than 63,000 vets in meaningful employment. The endowment's 2018 cost to place a veteran was $522 -- just 1/6 the cost of what U.S. Department of Labor spends. Endowment positions pay an average of $60,750, or 21% more than the national average of $49,945 for veterans.
According to Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the endowment, "Veterans don't need or want our pity or hero worship. They are tremendous assets to our society who just need a shot to compete on a level playing field for high-quality jobs. We are more determined than ever to equip veterans to succeed in the civilian job market while reminding employers why it's in their interest to hire loyal, dedicated, disciplined and hard-working employees."
"Call of Duty" players can get in on the action this Veterans Day.
Starting Monday, "Call of Duty: Mobile" will feature an endowment-themed content pack. The Call of Duty Endowment Honor Pack includes a new skin for in-game items.
Players can watch some of their favorite streamers play "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" on Twitch this Veterans Day. Look for streamers with CODE clan tags to see the Call of Duty Endowment streams. Fans who watch for one hour will receive 30 minutes of 2XP. Fans who watch for two hours will also receive a Call of Duty Endowment Calling Card.
Activision has long-term ambitions for the CoD Endowment. "It is my great honor to partner with General Mattis...in honoring our veterans by hiring our veterans," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard and co-founder of the Call of Duty Endowment. "We are committed to finding 100,000 jobs for veterans by 2024."