Military Families and Veterans

Corporate Responsibility Report Military Veterans and Families
Corporate Responsibility Report Military Veterans and Families

Military Families and Veterans

Service members make tremendous personal sacrifices. They put themselves on the line, miss valuable time with families and often move from base to base. When they return from service, they deserve opportunities to put their technical skills, leadership, and discipline to work through meaningful employment in the private sector.

Raytheon empowers today's veterans through continuing education programs that prepare them for new careers. We also inspire their children to become tomorrow’s drivers of technology and innovation through programs that nurture an interest in STEM education.

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. Our $5 million commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides for 22 Centers of Innovation and supports after-school STEM programming for children of military families.

Raytheon employees help plan and design these centers, which serve more than 4,000 teens — many connected to the military. In 2017, we opened four new Centers of Innovation, bringing our total to 14. These centers served 77 percent more children of military families than they did in 2016.

THE UNIQUE LIFE OF A MILITARY CHILD

IN 2017, OUR CENTERS OF INNOVATION SERVED 77 PERCENT MORE CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

We also support Student Veterans of America®, the world's largest peer network of student veterans. SVA provides critical resources and support to a veteran's successful transition to academic life. Our $5 million partnership helps empower student veterans to reach their higher education and career goals, particularly in high-demand STEM fields.

Since 2015, Raytheon’s support has helped SVA scale to more than 1,500 campus chapters representing nearly 700,000 student veterans, an increase of 26 percent. We also supported the group’s advocacy of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” new legislation that expands veteran benefits to include STEM education and makes this support available more broadly to Gold Star families and the National Guard and Reserves.

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HELPING WOUNDED VETERANS

Physically challenging activities can instill fear in disabled veterans, and addressing these fears — and connecting with fellow warriors — can change their lives forever.

For the last four years, Raytheon has teamed with the nonprofit organization No Barriers Warriors on a Veteran Wilderness Expedition that boosts their physical confidence and psychological well-being. In 2017, a team from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and southern California, representing all branches of the armed forces, spent 10 days hiking the Wind River Range in Wyoming.

The team of 12 veterans joined experienced guides to summit the Wind River Range, Wyoming. At 13,800 feet of elevation, they watched the solar eclipse with the Grand Tetons visible in the distance.

GANNETT PEAK ECLIPSE EXPEDITION

“The issues that I face or the fears I have at home didn’t come close to what I was feeling on that mountain,” said Eddie Robles, a veteran who serves as a peer support specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. “To let go of that fear, start climbing and make it — it’s easily been one of the most incredible feelings of my life.”