Today, we’d like to say thank you. Thank you to all those who have served and continue to serve our country. We honor your patriotism, dedication and willingness to sacrifice.
We know that Veterans bring valuable skills, experience and qualifications to our business. Last year, some amazing people right here at Poly shared their personal stories and we continue to appreciate the leadership and strong work ethic they bring each day. A special thanks goes out to the Veterans in our internal Employee Resource Group (ERG) who support one another and our organization, helping shape a more inclusive culture.
This year, our Veterans ERG shared some of their favorite organizations that focus on supporting Veterans, explaining why each is important to them on a personal level. We would like to help shine a light on these organizations and the amazing work they do. To support the causes and our Veterans, please consider donating to one of the following:
Lift for a Vet
Selected by Chris Buchanan, Technical Program Manager and U.S. Veteran:
Founded by the The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), Lift for Vet buys and installs elevators, home lifts, stair lifts and wheelchair lifts for disabled U.S. military service Veterans. These installations play a significant role in helping Veterans return to their homes and reclaim their independence. The purchase, installation and maintenance of all lifts are free thanks to the Lift for Vet organization, which relies on donations to fund
Chris B. said, “This organization is important to me as well as my family, who have been personally involved for decades. My older brother is the person who goes to people’s homes and installs the stair lift, and it makes a big difference in Veterans’ day-to-day lives.”
K9 Veterans Organizations
Selected by Chris Drew, Systems Engineer and U.S. Veteran:
K9s for Warriors is determined to end veteran suicide by providing highly trained service dogs for military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. Since most of the dogs come from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their mutual healing and recovery.
Paws and Stripes provides animal-assisted therapy and other mental health services to military veterans and their loved ones living with service-connected trauma.
Chris D. explains, “I chose K9 service organizations because I understand the bond between a soldier and his K9 partner. Not only do our K9s save lives during the most chaotic of times, but they also continue this mission off the battlefield by servicing their fellow Veteran partners. Many combat Veterans are stubborn individuals and tend to have an easier time being vulnerable with animals than with people. This makes service dog organizations vital to the healing process for the Veteran and K9 partner who both sacrificed.”
Jeremey Dolby, Territory Account Manager and U.S. Veteran, adds, “I’ve met quite a few guys who benefitted from these K9 programs, and I’m really glad they were able to get the support they needed.”
On Veterans Day this year, Poly encourages all our employees to donate to organizations that support Veterans through our Global Giving Program. This program offers a variety of ways to support Veterans, including the aforementioned K9 organizations. Poly’s Global Giving Program matches employee donations and volunteer hours up to $250 a year per employee.
We also continue to strengthen our internal community by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace with Employee Resource Groups, such as the Veterans ERG, where employees continue to engage and support one another in their development, personally and professionally.
We know that Poly culture is shaped by our diverse group of employees who bring unique skills, training and backgrounds to our workplace. We are fortunate to be enriched by the Veterans working with us and proud to shine a light on the organizations that are special to them. Thank you all for your service, sacrifice and inspiration.