Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million to Student Veterans of America

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Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million to Student Veterans of America

The Walt Disney Company recently revealed a generous $1 million contribution to Student Veterans of America (SVA), reinforcing its dedication to assisting veterans in discovering fulfilling career paths post-military service.

By making this donation, Disney proudly assumes the role of the inaugural sponsor for the forthcoming SVA Career Center. This center is poised to equip veterans with essential tools and guidance, facilitating a smooth transition into the civilian workforce. The initiative is anticipated to be a game-changer, unleashing the untapped potential of veterans in unprecedented ways.

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“We’re proud to make this donation to the Student Veterans of America for their new virtual career center, which will help veterans making the transition from military life to college and career,” said Bob Iger, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.


“Disney has a long history of supporting our nation’s service members and their families dating back to our company’s founding, including through our Heroes Work Here initiative, which has enabled us to hire more than 15,000 veterans across our company over the past decade. We believe Disney has an important role to play in giving back to those who bravely serve our country in uniform, and we look forward to finding even more ways to stand behind those who stand up for America.”

Through this contribution, Disney is strengthening and broadening its decade-long association with SVA. As a prominent advocate for U.S. military veterans in higher education, the veteran nonprofit has established itself as a leader. Operating through a network of almost 1,600 on-campus chapters spanning all 50 states and three countries abroad, SVA delivers essential resources, network support, and advocacy. This comprehensive approach ensures that student veterans have the necessary tools to enhance their skills and actualize their complete potential.

“I am deeply moved and profoundly grateful for Disney’s exceptional commitment to the success of student veterans,” said Jared Lyon, president and CEO of Student Veterans of America. “Their extraordinary gift underscores their unwavering dedication and deep understanding of the distinct challenges faced by our Nation’s student veterans. This support empowers Student Veterans of America to offer personalized resources crucial for a seamless transition into meaningful civilian careers after military service. As a steadfast and long-standing partner of SVA, Disney continues to set the gold standard for military and veteran support in our community. With Disney’s ongoing support, the SVA Career Center will ensure that student veterans not only succeed but achieve their greatest potential in their post-service journeys.”

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Demonstrating its dedication to hiring U.S. military veterans and fostering workplace development, the Disney Institute is set to organize the upcoming Veterans Institute Summit in the autumn of 2024 at Walt Disney World Resort. Introduced in 2013, the Veterans Institute by Disney comprises a series of complimentary events strategically crafted to assist companies throughout the United States in elevating their recruitment, training, and development of veteran talent. Serving as a platform for exchanging best practices in the recruitment of veterans and military spouses, the Veterans Institute also emphasizes promoting skills and opportunities for a seamless transition from military service to the civilian workforce.

Since 2012, Disney has provided over $20 million in funding and media support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to bringing joy to veterans and military families. As a demonstration of the company’s profound respect for U.S. military service, Disney is further solidifying its partnership with the Fisher House Foundation. This collaborative effort aims to extend the enchantment of Disney to all 96 Fisher Houses situated in the United States and overseas.

“Disney specializes in bringing joy to people of all ages, and they have always been especially remarkable in their support for military and veteran families,” said Kenneth Fisher, chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “We are grateful for their continued work to spread joy and help families staying at Fisher Houses across the country.”

We love how much Disney supports veterans and their families!

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