Several of these events have become important traditions for the company. The Shades of Green event is a VIP breakfast for military families that includes photos with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters, and it has become a favorite event for Raytheon employees who turn out to help.
“We have no problem getting volunteers,” said Erin Crowell, an employee at Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business who helped at last year’s breakfast and plans to return this year. “We have a group of people who enjoy anything having to do with veterans … It’s nice to tell them, ‘Thank you.’”
Raytheon also has renewed its sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Suite at Shades of Green. The 1,200-square-foot suite is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and can accommodate 10 adults and four children.
The employee reception at Raytheon’s Tucson campus has also become a much-anticipated Veterans Day tradition.
“The reason the Veterans Day events here are such a hit is because we feel the company really cares,” said Jackie Salter, a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran who works as an administrative specialist in Tucson.
Salter, who volunteers at the reception, said the event underscores Raytheon’s support of veterans.
“It’s just like being a parent: You can tell your kids to do something, but you have to lead by example,” she said. “It’s the same thing with our company – we say we support the warfighter, and that’s great, but guess what. We really do.”