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Disney Hosts Day of Fun and Networking for Transitioning Military Service Members


Disney likes to honor and support service members and veterans through employment programs. These help them find meaningful work after serving their country. Disney Parks Blog shared more about these wonderful programs.

What is happening:

  • Disney loves finding ways to support our military, and a big part of that is helping them find meaningful work after their military service.
  • They enjoy working with other like-minded organizations, including the United States Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring our Heroes” program.

  • This program connects the military community as well as military members, military spouses, and veterans with U.S. companies to provide networking training and hands-on experience.
  • One of the many organizations that participate as a corporate host is the Corporate Fellowship Program. This gives participants 12 weeks of civilian work experience to ease the transition after serving their country.
  • Recently, Disney was honored to welcome a cohort of sixty service members (thirty of whom participated virtually), who can participate in this program with a diverse group of Central Florida businesses. They were able to share tips for success and networking.
  • They were also able to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and experience all the excitement that Pandora – The World of Avatar encompasses.

  • After a fun day at the park, they took a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the facilities and attended a panel discussion with Disney cast members who are military veterans themselves and part of our affinity group from “Disney SALUTE” veterans.
  • This is hosted by US Army veteran Dan Grundvig, Supplier Sustainability Manager, and as a transitioning military service member now working at Disney. He understands exactly what they are going through.
  • To learn more about programs like the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, go to hiringourheroes.org.

  • Registration is now open for the Veterans Institute Summit.
  • Next month, Disney is hosting the Veterans Institute Summit on August 19-20 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World Seaside resort.
  • The two-day event will be designed to empower companies to create their own effective veteran hiring, training and support groups.

What they say :

  • “We greatly appreciated the hospitality,” said Aleksandra Johnston, Associate Director (East) of the Enterprise Fellowship Program at Hiring our Heroes. “Working alongside companies like Disney gives our service members a chance to network and gain hands-on experience so they can begin their new careers after military service. Veterans and their families bring incredible value and expertise to business, and we are happy to run programs that connect the two.
  • “It was a great honor to host this group of incredible men and women,” Dan said. “Programs such as military scholarships give our military members the tools to successfully transition into a new line of business while celebrating their incredible contributions to our country.”