Comcast Partners with Operation Military Family, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Published : Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:01 am
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Comcast announced partnerships with three military community organizations in Washington state. In honor of National Veterans and Military Families Month, the company donated $60,000 and 150 laptops to Operation Military Family, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. The donations are part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources, and skills needed to succeed in a digital world.

According to research by the Army University Press, many American military Veterans face challenges with digital equity, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Comcast’s donations will help Veterans access technology integral for career advancement and social connection.

These donations are part of Comcast's continued dedication to supporting Veterans and their families nationwide, in several ways. Since 2011, Comcast has donated more than $191 million in cash and in-kind contributions to military community organizations.

“Our partnership with Comcast goes beyond just a monetary donation. Comcast is committed to helping Veterans access the technology they need for career and social success in the modern digital landscape,” said Mike Schindler, CEO of Operation Military Family.

“These donations will allow our Veterans with mobility, adaptive, or accessible concerns obtain equipment and resources for those that have a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or diseases such as MS or ALS, their families, who we serve, advance in training, their careers, and personal lives. Technology and the ability to use it to its fullest potential is imperative for Veterans with a SCI or disease, and we appreciate Comcast’s dedication to technology support,” said Matthew Mickunas, President, Northwest Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington State.

“Our long-term partnership with Comcast is one of our strongest corporate partnerships in Washington. Their support has and will continue to be a powerful asset to Veterans across the state,” said Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, director Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We’re honored to partner with military community organizations that make powerful impacts with Veterans across the state of Washington. These organizations help them build digital equity at a time when it has never been more important,” said Carla Carrell, External Affairs Director for Comcast in Washington.

Comcast employs more than 17,000 Veterans, National Guard and reserve service members, and military spouses. In 2020, the company was ranked number one on Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Employers list.” Comcast’s tradition of hiring and supporting the military community started with Ralph Roberts, the company founder and World War II U.S. Navy Veteran. Comcast puts significant effort into supporting military Veterans and their families at all stages of their careers, which led to Comcast being named a Gold-level Military Friendly® Employer and a Military Friendly® Spouse Employer by Victory Media.

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