By Carol Wilner, AT&T Vice President of Federal & National Third Party Affairs

This Veterans Day, and every day, it’s important to take time to recognize the incredible efforts of our nation’s veterans – those who have served, and those who continue to serve.  These brave men and women make tremendous sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms.  As a company, we take pride in supporting – and thanking – them both at home and abroad.

That’s why, in honor of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, AT&T is hosting “It’s a Great Day to Love a Veteran” events in select AT&T retail stores across the country. These events will provide customers with the opportunity to use our devices to record personal messages of thanks for veterans that will be uploaded to our Love a Veteran YouTube playlist and shared with military personnel everywhere. 

Though we’re calling these initiatives “Great Days to Love a Veteran,” at AT&T, we work hard to show our appreciation for the military each and every day. From aggressively recruiting top veteran talent, to offering peace of mind to our deployed employees and their families by providing them differential pay and other benefits, to supporting organizations like Cell Phones for Soldiers that keeps soldiers connected to their loved ones, we’re proud of the work we do to support the members of our armed services.

Additionally, I’m particularly proud of the fact that, last year, AT&T and nine other companies launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission by jointly pledging to hire 100,000 veterans and former active duty military personnel by the end of 2020. Today, more than 70 companies have joined the mission, and we are on track to reach the 100,000 goal with 28,186 hires as of Sept. 30, 2012.

I hope you can take the time to thank those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy, and record a message of thanks for our nation’s veterans.  I’ve had the opportunity to record my thanks here.  If you’ll be in the DC area on Friday, November 9th, I would like to encourage you to join us between 10 a.m. and 2p.m. at the AT&T store at 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW at L Street (near the Farragut North Metro stop) to record a message of your own. If you can’t join us in the store, you can still share a message. Simply record your thank you and send the video file to

I look forward to viewing the messages of thanks we receive from our customers, employees and members of the military community, and to sharing these with active military and veterans across the country. I hope that they’ll demonstrate just how thankful we are as a company – and a nation – for all that they do.

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