A CHARITY funded by Call of Duty players and the company behind the game has revealed it has given £28 million to armed forces charities over the past ten years.
That cash has helped get 57,261 ex-Forces personnel back to work since 2009, including hundreds from the UK since it started work here in 2017.
Despite their obvious skills it can be hard for ex-Forces personnel to find and keep work on civvie street after serving – in fact, 16,000 of them were revealed earlier this year to be either living on Britain’s streets or languishing in prison.
Working with RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking with the Wounded in the UK, the Call of Duty Endowment is trying to fight this trend and find good jobs for 100,000 ex-Forces personnel by 2024.
To mark Armed Forces Day in the UK and help them kick on towards that goal the Call of Duty Endowment has kicked off a new campaign that “aims to challenge the misconception around the transferable skills of ex-forces personnel.”
They’ve already had great success in the UK, with 93 per cent of our Brave Boys and Girls getting full-time placements from the scheme.
The average starting salary is nothing to be sniffed at either, with the average starting wage of £45,983 being almost double the national average personal income.
Given new recruits into the Army only get £18,859 a year at the moment, that’s an impressive achievement and a testament to their skills, bravery and dedication.
Cash for the Endowment comes from Activision-Blizzard, who publish the Call of Duty games, their partners, and from gamers shelling out for Endowment themed ‘Call of Duty’ in-game digital items to show their appreciation for the heroes putting their lives on the line across the globe to keep us all safe.
Every single penny from sales of those items goes straight to the charities the Endowment helps, with Activision-Blizzard covering all the Endowment’s admin costs.
Other gamers have raised cash for the Call of Duty Endowment with charity live streams and their own personal fundraisers.
If you want to support it, as well as buying in-game packs or donating, you can also buy merch or become a monthly donor.
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The main event to mark Armed Forces Day in the UK is being held in Salisbury and consists of a parade through the city centre.
Thousands of members of serving personnel from different military units will take part in the parade.
Thee are also events taking place all over the country from Aberdeen and Manchester to Brighton and London.