The Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in 2010, has announced that the program has reached its goal of helping 100,000 veterans find civilian employment. Over the last 12 years, the Endowment has partnered with nonprofit veterans organizations in the US and UK to assist unemployed and underemployed veterans in finding quality, high-value civilian careers. To celebrate the milestone, Activision Blizzard has committed an additional $30 million over the next five years to continue supporting the Call of Duty Endowment.
“To put 100,000 placements in perspective, the entire active-duty Marine Corps is made up of more than 178,000 people,” said General James Jones, USMC (retired), 32nd Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Co-Chair of the Call of Duty Endowment. “While reaching 100,000 placements two years earlier than our goal is an accomplishment to be proud of, there is much, much more we can and should be doing to support our veteran community as they transition to civilian employment.”
Rear Admiral Dan Kloeppel, U.S. Navy (retired), and CEO of VetJobs stated that the Call of Duty Endowment’s financial support had supported 48,000 of VetJobs’ 77,000 veteran placements while also driving accountability to higher standards for other not-for-profit employment initiatives. “There is no better, more supportive resource for veteran job placement than the Call of Duty Endowment”, he added.
In a white paper titled Lessons Learned for the Future of Veteran Employment, The Call of Duty Endowment states that veterans who transition to high-quality careers help reduce the costs of housing and health care, however, less than 0.1% of the $300 billion spent on veteran care focuses on employment opportunities. The white paper is a 25-page document that advocates for the removal of bureaucratic red tape, such as modifying state licensure policies for the healthcare industry, that can hinder the successful transition to civilian employment.
According to The Veterans Metrics Initiative, 61% of veterans are underemployed and 55% believe that they are more experienced than their job requires. TVMI data further supports that veterans are nearly three times as likely to find a job if they practice interviewing with a coach and twice as likely to find a job if the experienced mentor or coach assists with resume writing.
Players who would like to help support the Call of Duty Endowment pack can do so by purchasing in-game bundles. The Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Timeless pack is currently available for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. The full purchase price for the bundle will be donated to the Call of Duty Endowment. Additional Endowment support bundles are also available for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare (2019) via their respective in-game stores.