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SUPPORTING MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS

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Fill the Pack

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 complete their 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. Raytheon funds vital research on student veterans and helps mentor veterans who return to school. Our scholarships help them earn college degrees that position them for successful employment in the STEM sector.

In 2015, Raytheon initiated a five-year, $10 million partnership commitment with two organizations that are helping military families and veterans succeed: Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Student Veterans of America. Our $5 million commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides for 22 STEM Centers of Innovation and supports after-school STEM programming for children of military families.

Raytheon employees help plan and design these Centers, which serve nearly 4,000 teens — many connected to the military. In 2018, we opened four new Centers of Innovation, bringing our total to 14. In 2018, Raytheon also provided 8,000 K–12 children in military families with backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper and the chance to participate in hands-on STEM activities through an initiative called Fill the Pack. The initiative invited students to participate in hands-on STEM activities while making sure every student's backpack was chock full of the right supplies for school.

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STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA

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2018 SVA National Conference

We also support Student Veterans of America®, the world's largest peer network of student veterans. SVA provides critical resources and support to help veterans successfully transition to academic life. Our $5 million partnership helps scale this organization and empower student veterans to transition to civilian life by reaching their higher education and career goals, particularly in high-demand STEM fields. In 2019, Raytheon will launch a pilot program focused on female veterans whose military experience positions them for engineering careers. Students will pair with Raytheon mentors who will help them refine and build upon their existing skills.

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." This new legislation 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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PILOT PROGRAM PROMOTES STEM TO WOMEN VETERANS

According to research funded by the National Science Foundation, women veterans are highly qualified by virtue of their military service to pursue education and careers in STEM

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EMPLOYEE SUPPORT

Our employees are passionate about supporting armed service members. They participate in a wide range of fundraisers and events, and many choose to align their activities with Raytheon's two signature programs — STEM education and military family and veteran support.

In 2018, more than 200 Raytheon employees volunteered, ran and/or walked at the ninth annual Run to Home Base race in Boston. The event raises awareness and money to help veterans and families who suffer from the invisible wounds of war — including post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and co-occurring substance abuse. A prime sponsor of the July 28 event, Raytheon raised more than $99,000 for Home Base through events at 26 company sites around the world, from Massachusetts to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Employees from Raytheon UK also participated in the annual Royal Air Force Engineering Competition. It offers youth teams and RAF Regular and Reserve service personnel the opportunity to present new ideas to benefit the Force over the next 100 years. Teams designed an engineering solution for the RAF relating to air and space activities. Of the 50 initial entries, 26 teams were selected to advance to the final competition, which took place September 22 during the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. Richard Daniel, Raytheon UK chief executive, and Dr. Alex Rose-Parfitt, Raytheon UK engineering director and STEM program lead, judged entries along with other defense industry leaders and RAF representatives.

Many employees also support Raytheon's Fund in Support of Our Troops, which disburses grants to organizations that deliver services and support to active-duty service members and veterans. Over the past 14 years, Raytheon employees have given more than $1.5 million through the donor-advised fund. Fund in Support of Our Troops aids the following charitable organizations across all military branches:

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RAYTHEON VOLUNTEERS RUN FOR MILITARY HEROES

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TEAM BUILDS VIRTUAL FLIGHT SIMULATOR TO WIN RAF ENGINEERING COMPETITION

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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.

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Corporate Responsibility Report

Corporate Responsibility Report This year’s report provides an expansive review of our corporate responsibility content, and highlights our efforts to enrich the lives of people, strengthen our performance, and reduce our footprint on the planet.

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