Well, not directly. Activision has unveiled a $1 million backed non-profit corporation that’s designed to help soldiers transition to civilian careers. The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) matches the official launch day of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The CODE advisory council members include MG Matthew P. Caulfield (USMC-Ret.), COL Roger Dimsdale (USA-Ret.), RADM Ronne Froman (USN-Ret.), CPT Gordon H. Mansfield (USA-Ret.), BG James A. “Spider” Marks (USA-Ret.), GEN Montgomery C. Meigs (USA-Ret.), SFC Steve Robinson (USA-Ret.), BG Harry A. Sieben, Jr. (USANG-Ret.), MG Craig Whelden (USA-Ret.), and MCPO Maurice Wilson (USN-Ret.)
Talking to the Washington Post, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said “The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more. How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can’t integrate back into the free market they’re supposed to be protecting?”
Eighteen percent of veterans who left the United States military in the past one to three years were unemployed, according to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs employment survey, the Post reports.
The endowment will support other groups that assist veterans with their careers.