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Bobby Kotick Supports Veterans with Call of Duty Endowment

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, after 25 years under his leadership, Activision has grown to become the world’s most interactive entertainment company. His teams have created Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Warcraft games, and many more. A meeting between Bobby Kotick and former VA Secretary Jim Nicholson inspired Bobby to co-found The Call of Duty Endowment after learning that 50,000 veterans returning to civilian life couldn’t find employment in 2009.

This non-profit organization helps veterans find high-quality careers after their service and teaches companies the value these veterans bring to the workplace. It’s a giving back commitment for their service. Bobby Kotick’s Activision Blizzard is actively involved with this cause, which takes its name from one of the company’s most popular video game franchises and has generously donated more than $25 million.

Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company, teamed up with the cause in 2019 to help the non-profit goal reach 100,000 veterans get jobs by 2024.

Pilot Company supplies more than 12 billion gallons of fuel per year, making it the third-largest fuel company. So Konar decided to do something special for Veterans Day and asked the customers in their 750 travel centers to round up their change and donate it. In three weeks on this campaign, they raised a whopping $1.75 million to help about 3000 vets, tripling the amount of the goal of $500,000. Konar also states the Pilot Company is proud to support the military and their family’s daily discount on food and drink year-round.

For additional coverage of the Call of Duty Endowment, Pilot Flying J No. 1 Chevrolet featured camouflage pictures of Veterans, including Pilot’s Founder, Jim Haslam II, on their race car featured in Martinsville and Phoenix speedways.

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