A non-profit organization that supports veterans with post 9/11 service injuries and their families is receiving a new donation from Activision Blizzard in honor of Veterans Day. The Call of Duty Endowment, which was established by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, has been given funding from the Pilot Company to help provide for those who have served our country.
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company owned by the Haslam family. With over 550 locations on their payroll the company has donated $100,000 to support veterans in need. The money will be used by the Call of Duty Endowment to give grants for veteran job placement across all 50 states in America.
The goal of the Endowment is to help vets find jobs and hopefully reduce the number of homeless people that have served in our nation’s military. This year, Activision Blizzard has granted $2 million to the non-profit. In addition, fans can use their PlayStation 4 controller as a gun to shoot for a $1 donation to the cause. This is in addition to the $2 million Activision Blizzard gave to the cause last year.
This organization was created in 2009 by Bobby Kotick after he was inspired by the story of then Master Sergeant, Tim “Grizz” Sheppard. After 9/11 Sheppard donned his uniform and went overseas to fight for our country. He served two combat tours in Iraq before suffering an injury that ended his military career. There is now a new mission for him and he is currently serving as a Patrol Supervisor with the Knoxville Police Department.
This isn’t the only way that gamers can give back to our veterans on Veterans Day weekend. For Call of Duty: Ghosts, Infinity Ward has put together a special playlist in which players will be able to team up for Team Deathmatch and donate their in-game points to the Endowment. The playlist will be available on November 8th-12th, 2014 and players can use their PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 consoles to join in on the action.
As we celebrate those who have served our country we would like to thank Bungie for their $500,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project last year.
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