The Call of Duty Endowment charitable fund has selected its first UK charities to benefit from the program.
Founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to help place US veterans in jobs, the Endowment has been a huge success across the pond – good news then, that it’s coming to the UK.
A press release has now announced that RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, and Walking With The Wounded, are the first recipients of the “Call of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction, the standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector.”
Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Endowment said:
Meaningful employment is the single most important way to ensure that service members successfully transition back to civilian life. The Seal of Distinction recognises RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded as go-to organisations for veterans seeking high-quality jobs, and models for veteran-serving organisations to emulate.
CEO of RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, Stephen Gledhill, said:
We’re delighted to be one of the first recipients of The Call of Duty Endowment in the UK. RFEA supported 20,000 ex-forces personnel last year, providing tailored employment advice and helping them find work suited to the skills and experience of a military career. With the help of the Endowment we’ll be able to reach even more people who need our skills in finding meaningful employment for those who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Co-Founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded, Edward Parker, added that they are “hugely honoured” to receive the award.
Since the inception of the Endowment, we have seen the positive impact and influence it has made in the US for ex-service personnel, and I’m delighted that, as result of this expansion to the UK, now British ex-servicemen and women will also benefit from such support. This award means a great deal to the work we do, and we know what a great difference it will make.
Activision Blizzard previously donated $2 million to the Endowment, and the program has had a little help in moving to the UK through funding from in-game purchases, like The Call of Duty Endowment Double Duty Calling Card in Black Ops 2.
The program continues to receive funding from in-game purchases, most recently Call of Duty: World War 2’s bravery pack, with all proceeds going towards helping veterans find “high quality work”.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.