GOT YOUR 6 CELEBRATES VETERANS DAY WITH SERVICE, SCHOLARSHIP AND STORYTELLING
Los Angeles, CA -‐-‐ (October 22, 2013) – The national veteran campaign, Got Your 6, kicks off Veterans Day week with “Got Your 6 Storytellers” together with Google and the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation. It is an effort to change perceptions in America so that veterans are consistently seen as leaders and civic assets. An all-‐veteran speaking program featuring Rob Gordon, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Jake Harriman, Founder and CEO of Nuru International and Jake Wood, President, and Co-‐Founder of Team Rubicon will be moderated by military advocate and veteran journalist, Joe Klein. This special thought leadership symposium will be a platform to share the unique stories of post-‐9/11 military veterans who are working in innovative fields and having profound impact on the civilian world. Held at Google in New York City, “Got Your 6 Storytellers” will be streamed live via Intercast on the Got Your 6 Facebook page, through the social media pages of the over two-‐dozen Got Your 6 nonprofit partners and also on donated ad space on partner websites. The interactive Intercast widget can be embedded anywhere, allowing viewers across the country to take part in this event.
“Veterans Day is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate service members not only for their military service to our country, but also for their desire to continue to serve at home,” said Chris Marvin, managing director of Got Your 6. “Through Got Your 6, we hope to inspire communities across the country to embrace veterans as essential community assets who bring about positive change every day.”
In addition to the storyteller event in New York City, Got Your 6 has partnered with HISTORY® for their nationwide “Take a Veteran to School” campaign, now in its 7th year with participation from over 5,000 schools nationwide. This program was designed by HISTORY®—a part of A+E Networks, which is an original Got Your 6 entertainment industry supporter—to bring students and veterans together as a way for young people to learn more about the unique experiences of veterans of all ages and to expand students’ understanding of the day’s significance. Got Your 6 is collaborating with HISTORY® to create lessons within the “Take a Vet to School” K-‐12 classroom curriculum and is activating an additional entertainment industry supporter, DreamWorks Animation, to create a short video presentation for classroom use that portrays a more accurate image of a post-‐9/11 veteran. Working together, HISTORY and Got Your 6 will continue to help a new generation of students understand important concepts of service and teamwork through talking to veterans from all walks of life. HISTORY’s portal for Veterans outreach, www.veterans.com, houses these educational resources and premier content about Veterans Day and Veterans non-‐profits.
“HISTORY is honored to join with Got Your 6 to acknowledge and celebrate veterans,” said Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian and SVP, Corporate Outreach for HISTORY. “Together we will continue to raise awareness about the immensely valuable contributions of veterans from all walks of life.”
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign designed to change the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are seen as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our community. The campaign combines the reach and resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations. Through an extensive media footprint and a set of substantial service commitments, Got Your 6 will ensure successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org. Be the Change, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the organizing body and fiscal sponsor of Got Your 6.