At Raytheon, our commitment is to empower today's veterans through continuing education while inspiring tomorrow's professionals to develop and sustain an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We're supporting a generation of professionals who understand the importance of leadership, discipline and perseverance — while working to inspire their children to become tomorrow's drivers of technology and innovation.
Supporting Military Families and Veterans
In 2015, Raytheon initiated a five-year, $10 million partnership commitment with two organizations that are helping military families and veterans succeed.
Nearly two million American children have a parent serving in the military, and these youngsters face special challenges growing up. On average, military children move six to nine times before they graduate from high school. About 70 percent of all military families live in civilian communities away from critical health, academic, and social services provided on-installation.
Almost every U.S. military installation and community with strong military representation has a BGCA-affiliated youth center, and these facilities play an important role in the lives of military children. Raytheon's $5 million commitment provides for 22 Centers of Innovation and supports after-school science, technology, engineering and math programming for children of military families. Over the past two years, Centers of Innovation have opened in:
About 1,500 of the nearly 2,000 teens these facilities serve are connected to the military. Raytheon employees helped plan and design these centers, which feature dedicated educational staff and tools such as flight simulators, 3-D printers and robotics workshops.
"Working with the BGCA Chula Vista club to develop their dream is an honor, and I do not take it lightly. The end result is a wonderful place for children to explore all kinds of engineering and to understand how everything works." — Raytheon engineer Linda Anthony, who earned a Raytheon iVolunteer Coin for her work establishing Centers of Innovation in California.
Student Veterans of America® is the world's largest network of student veteran groups, with nearly 1,300 chapters in all 50 states and four countries. SVA offers a peer support network that's critical to a veteran's successful transition to academic life. Raytheon's $5 million partnership provides resources, support and advocacy. We help empower student veterans to reach their higher education and career goals, particularly in high-demand fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 2016, Raytheon's support enabled 1,800 student veteran campus leaders to expand their chapter management skills.
Providing Paths to Higher Education
Raytheon funds vital research on student veterans and helps mentor individual students. Our scholarships help them earn college degrees that are of high value in the job market.
The Raytheon/SVA scholarships support veterans from all services who are studying cybersecurity and engineering. The Raytheon Patriot™ Scholarship — named after our Patriot Air and Missile Defense System — aids Army student veterans who are pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees and demonstrate leadership in their local communities.
Training Helps Veterans Shift Gears
In addition to college, Raytheon supports other paths to success for veterans. The company launched the Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training with two key customers, the U.S. Army and General Motors®. The innovative, multi-year initiative trains soldiers for civilian jobs as GM-certified automotive technicians.
The Automotive Training Managers Council has awarded Raytheon Professional Services and GM its National Excellence in Training Award for this innovative approach to technical training development and delivery.
Our employees are passionate about supporting armed services members. They participate in a wide range of fundraisers and events, and contribute to our donor-advised fund, Fund in Support of Our Troops, that aids 9 charitable organizations:
- Air Force Aid Society
- American Red Cross® Armed Forces Emergency Services
- Army Emergency Relief Fund
- Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Organization
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- Special Operations Warrior Foundation
- USO® — United Service Organizations
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation®
- Wounded Warrior Project®
YESNET Volunteers Open Doors for Veterans
Raytheon is one of the first companies in our industry to establish a diverse portfolio of employee resource groups. These employee-driven organizations foster an inclusive, engaged culture; drive business growth and innovation; help attract, retain and develop talent; and engage meaningfully with their local communities.
In 2016, our Young Employee Success Network resource group led a four-month service campaign across all 37 of its chapters in support of student veterans. It held 47 networking events with 21 Student Veterans of America campus chapters to connect with students in their communities.
YESNET members also volunteered more than 800 hours and raised more than $20,000 to support SVA chapter operations and provide scholarship funds.
Leon Kaplan, a Raytheon senior software engineer, leads YESNET and participates in SVA campus events at The George Washington University.
"The veterans I've encountered are very driven people who are focused on career success, "Kaplan said.
They help me understand the military perspective, and some even have first-hand knowledge of how Raytheon products work in the field. It's important to me — and to Raytheon — to make sure there's a place for veterans to work when they come home.
Awards and Recognition
Corporate Responsibility Report
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