U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO  of New York.

During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America Veterans initiative helps veterans and their spouses acquire the skills and resources they need to be successful in today’s workplace. To help get the word out, we launched a sweepstakes that gave U.S. military veterans the chance to win a brand new Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect.

We would like to send a huge thank you to over 700 veterans who took the time to enter.

We are thrilled to announce the winners:

James Sveen (@sandsqwid)

John (Corey) Miller (@MacM25)

Debbi DeSisto (@liberalgoddess)

Joe Justice (@justiceimages)

Randall McGrew (@rrmcgrew)

Stephanie Salazar-Navarro (@Stephaliciosa)

Erick Lopez (@sgtlopez)

Chad Syner (@BayouDad)

Matthew Wilson (@matthewnwilson)

Timothy Ogier (@ogiert)

Chad Alexander (@AbuAlice)

Heath (Timmy) Milliron (@Intimidator_v2)

Kenneth Weyrauch (@GatorKen81)

Congratulations to all the winners, enjoy your new Xbox 360 4GB consoles with Kinect and be sure to tag Microsoft Citizenship in some pictures for us on Facebook! And again, thank you to EVERYONE for showing your support for our military veterans.

Through Elevate America Veterans initiative, vets can utilize the following resources:

· Career counseling

· Technology skills training

· Other job training resources

· Job placement

· Additional support services (for example, childcare, transportation, and housing)

For more information, please visit the Elevate Veterans page. For more on Microsoft Citizenship please visit our homepage.