IBM has more American Corporate Partner volunteers supporting veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan than any other corporation, and four of them have been declared ACP Mentors of the Month for August 2011.
The four IBM employees are from different communities and different work backgrounds; the common denominator is the heart-felt expressions of gratitude offered by their protégés, and their own sense of satisfaction in giving back to a deserving soldier who has returned from deployment in a war zone. As former Marine Kent Blossom explains, “You get the opportunity to meet and talk, and get a mutual level of comfort, so that expectations and objectives are a good match. I highly recommend the experience.”
Since 2009, IBM has had more than 250 ACP volunteers across the United States, bringing a wide variety of skills and experiences to the task of mentoring Armed Forces veterans who are re-entering civilian life. If you’d like to volunteer, are 35 or over, have significant corporate experience and are willing to make a one–year commitment to spend at least four hours a month with your veteran mentee, visit the ACP website for more information. IBM employees and retirees can find the volunteer opportunity “ACP: Be a mentor for an American veteran” at On Demand Community. On Demand Community is IBM’s strategic global online community that combines the skills of over 200,000 IBM employee and retiree volunteers with the power of access to innovative new IBM technology, resources, training, and support.