Brandt Salutes Our Military Veterans
Brandt is a strong supporter of our U.S. troops and veterans; we are privileged to have many employees who have served our country. On Veterans Day, we want to take a moment to honor those who have risked their lives to protect our freedom. Thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do for the United States of America.
Hire Our Heroes
The nonprofit Hire Our Heroes program was funded by veterans, for veterans, to support the transition for homebound vets from military service into the workplace. There are over 1 million unemployed veterans currently in the United States, and another 1 million slated to leave the armed forces over the next five years, according to Hire Our Heroes. This nonprofit offers training, mentoring and coaching services to veterans leaving active service and re-entering civilian life.
Brandt attends Hiring Our Heroes events on a regular basis. We are proud to have employees who volunteer with Hire Our Heroes, as well as active internal programs for our current veteran employees.
The Backpack Drive
This year, Brandt undertook a backpack drive during the back-to-school season. Our employees with backgrounds in military service organized teams based on each branch of the U.S. military to facilitate a healthy sense of competition and fun during the drive. We gave a total of 534 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Community Partners of Dallas – over 20% of their total goal for the drive!
Veterans Day Breakfast
Every year, we host Veterans Day breakfasts to thank our Brandt employees who have served. We include the POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at these annual events:
We set a table for one to symbolize the frailty of a prisoner alone, with a white tablecloth to represent their purity of intention in responding to their country’s call to arms. On the table, a single red rose symbolizes the love of families who “keep the faith,” awaiting the return of loved ones. A red ribbon is tied to the vase, similar to the red ribbons worn by those who demand a proper account of the missing. A lit candle represents the upward reach of an unfailing spirit and determination to bring our missing home. On the bread plate, a slice of lemon represents a prisoner’s bitter fate, while salt represents the tears of the family. Since our prisoners cannot toast with us, the glass is inverted and the chair sits empty.
Until the day they come home, we remember.