First Command is Joining Forces

First Command Joins Philanthropic Leaders to Pledge Millions in Support of Veterans and Military Families

First Command Financial Services is proud to announce that we are joining forces with more than 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations in a new initiative to support veterans and military families with pledges totaling more than $170 million over the next five years.

In conjunction with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative and a coalition of leading foundations, the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge was announced on April 30, 2014 at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington D.C. The event featured remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, General George Casey (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Army, and other organizational representatives.

By signing this pledge, First Command is promising to spend $3.6 million dollars over the next five years in support of veterans and military families. It is another demonstration of our deep commitment to Squared Away®, the company’s ongoing initiative designed to extend awareness of and take action to address the critical life issues facing active-duty military, post-911 veterans and military spouses.

The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge commitments come at a vital time as the country adjusts to a post-war period. Our servicemembers, veterans, and their families are true assets to our country, communities, and economy. Our country benefits from their dedication, skills, and experience. The philanthropic and nonprofit communities believe that supporting servicemembers' successful transition back to civilian life sustains their good work and shows our appreciation for their sacrifices. The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge was initiated by the American Red Cross, Council on Foundations, the White Oak Summit Steering Committee, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Lincoln Community Foundation, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, with the stated goal of creating a community of funders and building momentum for programs that will support servicemembers, veterans and their families.

First Command’s Squared Away® initiative is designed to assist past and present servicemembers and their families reeling from a decade of war, defense downsizings and economic turmoil through an unprecedented commitment of First Command’s time, personnel and financial resources. Major recipients of the $3.6 million in pledges will include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, Project Sanctuary and the First Command Educational Foundation.