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To Mark This Year's Veterans Day, the Call of Duty Endowment Receives a New Donation of $3 Million from Activision


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(OPEN):
AS WE MARK THIS YEAR'S "VETERANS DAY", UNEMPLOYMENT FOR U-S VETERANS CONTINUES TO RISE.  TO BRING MORE AWARENESS TO VETERANS-ISSUES, ACTIVISION BLIZZARD--THE PRODUCER OF THE "CALL OF DUTY" VIDEO-GAME--CREATED THE CALL OF DUTY ENDOWMENT BOBBY KOTICK ["CO-TICK"] IS ACTIVISION'S C-E-O...

(KOTICK):
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IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT OVER 20-PERCENT OF OUR NATION'S YOUNGEST VETERANS ARE UNEMPLOYED--THE VERY SAME MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES, TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM AND SECURITY.  TO COMMEMORATE THIS 'VETERANS DAY', ACTIVISION WILL DONATE ANOTHER THREE-MILLION DOLLARS TO THE CALL OF DUTY ENDOWMENT--IN ORDER TO EXPAND OUR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS VETERANS' UNEMPLOYMENT."

(BRIDGE):
RETIRED U-S-ARMY MAJOR-GENERAL
, "SPIDER" MARKS, IS A MEMBER OF THE ENDOWMENT'S ADVISORY-COUNCIL...

(MARKS):
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THE CALL OF DUTY ENDOWMENT WORKS WITH VETERANS-GROUPS, TO DELIVER THE TRAINING AND COACHING [THAT'S] NECESSARY FOR VETERANS TO FIND GOOD JOBS.  SINCE LAUNCHING IN 2009, THE ENDOWMENT HAS PROVIDED OVER ONE-POINT-SEVEN-MILLION DOLLARS, IN GRANTS, TO 14 ORGANIZATIONS.  WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE ENDOWMENT, OUR PARTNERS HAVE HELPED EMPLOY OVER 700 VETERANS, PROVIDED JOB-TRAINING AND -MENTORSHIP TO OVER 25-HUNDRED VETERANS, AND [ALSO PROVIDED] SCHOLARSHIPS TO MORE THAN 30 VETERANS."

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THE ENDOWMENT IS ALSO ANNOUNCING A 250-THOUSAND-DOLLAR GRANT TO THE NATIONAL CHAMBER FOUNDATION--FOR ITS "HIRING OUR HEROES"-PROGRAM.  THE GRANT WILL SUPPORT VETERAN-HIRING FAIRS IN 25 CITIES, NATIONWIDE--LEADING TO AN ESTIMATED FOUR-THOUSAND VETERAN-JOBS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "CALL-OF-DUTY-ENDOWMENT"-DOT-ORG.



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