Posted by Pamela Passman
Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs

Last March I was privileged to announce an expansion of Microsoft’s Elevate America program to address the specific challenges that face U.S. military veterans and their spouses as they transition to civilian life. Our Elevate America Veterans Initiative will bring together a coalition of partners, through a competitive grant process, to provide veterans and their spouses with a host of services and resources, including technology skills training, job placement, career counseling, childcare, transportation and housing.

The response to this initiative has been incredible, and we’re fortunate to have support from great organizations such as The American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Service Organizations (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project. They’ve agreed to act as our advisors, ensuring that the programs and services offered will make a real difference in the lives of veterans.

Today we’re releasing a request for proposals to organizations across the country that want to get involved. We’re encouraging all interested organizations to review the eligibility criteria, partner with others in their local community and apply for funding if they have programs that will help veterans succeed in the civilian workforce.

Microsoft is grateful to America’s veterans for all they’ve done to protect and serve our country, and we’re excited about this initiative. We’ll be sharing more details as we move forward.