The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy bridges one great career to another

By Daniel Sytman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs In a post today on the Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith officially announced the launch of the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA). The MSSA is an intense, 16-week course helping service…


Helping our veterans starts in our local communities

Michael Allen, Chief of Staff, US Public Sector, Microsoft   Do you know a veteran? There’s a good chance you do but may not realize it. I bet some of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy met some when the National Guard and Marines arrived to help.   There is a long history of military service…


Extending our commitment to help U.S. Veterans find employment

Returning U.S. veterans face major challenges finding civilian employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics October unemployment report showed that the unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 12.1 percent compared with 8.4 percent for nonveterans. A year ago we announced a program aimed at addressing that issue, the Elevate America Veterans initiative. It’s…


Extending Microsoft’s Support for Veterans Entering the Workforce

Cross posted from the Microsoft on the Issues Blog By Curt Kolcun Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft Today, I had the honor of representing Microsoft as President Barack Obama discussed the administration’s ongoing commitment to fostering opportunities to help prepare the nation’s veterans for their transition to the civilian workforce. We applaud the President…


Stories from the front lines: Elevate America veterans

Memorial Day in the United States is a time when we honor and remember the men and women who have bravely served in the U.S. armed forces.  We thought it would be appropriate to share a few stories about how some U.S. veterans and their families are making the transition from military to civilian life….

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Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO  of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America Veterans initiative helps veterans and their spouses acquire the skills…


Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It presents an…


Helping American Veteran Families in Need

While the holiday season is a time of joy for many people, it is also a time when we are reminded of the many American families who are struggling – not just during the holidays, but all year long. We were glad to be part of an effort to help one such family today. The…


Asking for help is strength, not weakness

By Andrew Coughlan Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website. On July 19, 2004, I didn’t die. I can talk now about what happened that day, but it’s enough to know that I lost friends in a…


Veterans Build Success at Bellevue College

Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website. Going from sitting behind a .50 caliber gun in the dark, fighting Arabian Sea pirates to sitting at a desk in a classroom is quite a transition. Spencer Cockrell served…