Raytheon Salutes our Servicemen and Women
At Raytheon, we embrace our responsibility to give back to the brave men and women who have served their country and to advocate for families who have sacrificed to sustain them. Whether committing to ensuring the safety of active duty personnel, supporting returning veterans transition to civilian life or inspiring our military families to see the endless possibilities ahead, Raytheon is committed to driving economic prosperity and security for our military personnel and our nation and allies.
Raytheon partners with organizations committed to empowering military families and veterans through education with programs and mentoring to help service members and their families reach their goals. These partners include:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America – A partnership to support military families and provide their children with a foundation in science, technology and engineering to help inspire them to be the next generation of innovators. Boys & Girls Clubs are a constant presence in the life of a military child, with a BGCA-affiliated youth center on nearly every U.S. military installation and in communities with a strong military presence. The organization partners with every branch of the U.S. military serving nearly half a million school-age military youth.
- Student Veterans of America – A partnership that enables and empowers student veterans to reach their goals for higher education. The organization is the world's largest network of student veteran groups with more than 1,100 chapters in all 50 states and four countries, providing a peer support network that is critical to a veteran's successful transition to academic life.
- Wounded Warrior Project – A partnership that provides support, mentorship, career guidance and opportunities to our nation's heroes. The organization's Transition Training Academy provides information technology training to help students compete in the job market, helping nearly 4,000 injured service members and their caregivers.
Raytheon's employees share this passion and are committed to donating their time and resources to programs that support military families and veterans like mentoring and training in classrooms, afterschool programs and professional workshops. These efforts includes the Fund in Support of our Troops, an employee-driven fund to help meet the needs of American troops in all military branches and their families through nine specific organizations.
Student Veterans of America
Every fall, millions of students stream into college classrooms across the United States with the goal of one day entering the workforce with a degree in hand. Scattered among these bright young minds are thousands of veterans transitioning into civilian life.
There are 800,000 veterans and family members taking advantage of the educational benefits from the GI Bill of Rights, says Student Veterans of America (SVA). For many of those veterans the path back to higher education can be paved with many challenges.
'The whole goal of SVA is to provide services and resources that will enable and empower student veterans to graduate with market value degrees.' Matt Feger, director of development for Student Veterans of America
Combining these challenges with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can feel like an impossible dream for men and women returning from military service.
“The whole goal of SVA is to provide services and resources that will enable and empower student veterans to graduate with market value degrees,” said Feger.
On average, veterans face an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, and that figure jumps to nearly 20 percent for female veterans. Organizations like SVA were founded to assist veterans who want to pursue higher education and move the employment odds further in their favor.
“Going from the very structured military environment to the extremely unstructured campus college environment is challenging,” said Matthew Feger, director of development for SVA. “Just being older and having those very different life experiences — then sitting in a classroom next to an 18-year old just coming from high school can be very difficult.”
On November 11, 2012 Raytheon and SVA joined forces to empower student veterans to reach their higher education goals. Raytheon presented SVA with a $50,000 grant which will provide support, mentorship, career guidance and opportunities to service members pursuing higher education degrees.
“Veterans have much to contribute to our nation’s progress. The work SVA has undertaken ensures greater success rates for veterans and for the life missions they will lead,” said Pam Erickson, Raytheon’s vice president of Community Relations.
Wounded Warrior Project
Continuing a family history of military service, Curtis Imming joined the Marine Corps in October 2002; 9/11 persuaded him that it was something he needed to do to help defend America's freedom. After completing three tours of duty in Iraq, Marine Sgt. Imming experienced hearing loss in his left ear and lower back pains. He completed his service with the Marines in July 2007. Seeking assistance upon his return home, he turned to Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP), which is like a brother to servicemen and women.
Raytheon partners with WWP to provide support, mentorship, career guidance and opportunities to our nation's heroes.
"Wounded Warrior Project fights for you," said Imming, who is a Raytheon industrial security specialist in Tucson, Ariz. "They're phenomenal, and they're able to put their focus on you and give you personalized attention."
Imming received WWP's personalized support when the Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization jumped right in to assist with his Veterans Affairs paperwork from across the country. Following his service, Imming earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He has been working with Raytheon since October 2008, starting as a security guard in Tucson.
"Wounded Warrior Project fights for you. They're phenomenal, and they're able to put their focus on you and give you personalized attention." –Curtis Imming
Since its founding in 2003, Wounded Warrior Project has served nearly 24,000 wounded service members like Curtis, raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid, helping injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and services. With a holistic set of programs, WWP focuses on the mind and body, as well as economic empowerment and engagement, to assist warriors and their families throughout the path to recovery.
Raytheon firmly believes that, as Americans, we have a responsibility to give back to our nation's servicemen and women. Raytheon partners with WWP to provide support, mentorship, career guidance and opportunities to our nation's heroes — empowering those who have sacrificed so deeply for our country.
Visit woundedwarriorproject.org to learn more about and to support the mission of Wounded Warrior Project.
Using Social Media’s Vast Reach to Thank our Troops
Raytheon's Hashtags4Heroes takes to social media to thank our veterans as well as the brave men and women who continue to serve in harm's way. Using the power of social media, Raytheon encourages you to send our veterans your support and gratitude for a job well done.
We thank them for their service, honor their commitment and salute their patriotism, one social post at a time.
We celebrate those who have defended our freedom at home and around the world. We ask Americans everywhere to join us.
Here's how you can get involved: Use the #HT4H hashtag in thank you posts on any social media channel, so that we can track and capture them.
Our "Hashtags4Heroes" initiative kicked off May 2012, during Military Appreciation Month in a bid to raise awareness about wounded warriors -- and has been highlighted each May and November since then.
Please personalize your tweet with links to photos, children's artwork, videos and anything else you want to share to show the troops and our veterans how much you care.