PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Home Depot(R), the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced that the Company is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran's Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 between November 6 and November 12, 2008, at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations.
"Veteran's Day honors the heroic individuals who have served our nation and have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "We are proud to show our appreciation with the Veteran's Day discount as it is a simple, yet meaningful, gesture to say thank you to these men and women who have protected and continue to protect our nation."
To qualify, individuals must present proof of military service when checking out and discounts will be taken at the register.
The discount offer extends the Company's overall commitment to supporting the military community. In March 2007, The Home Depot donated $1 million to the United Service Organizations (USO(R)) for the construction of new USO centers and the ongoing maintenance and capital upkeep of existing facilities. In 2006, The Home Depot was recognized as the Disabled American Veterans Largest Employer of the Year, and with The President's National Hire Veterans Committee Chairman's Award.
Other examples of The Home Depot's commitment to the U.S. military include the launch of Project Homefront in 2003, through which The Home Depot donated $1 million and 1 million volunteer hours to help military families with home repairs while their loved ones were deployed. In July 2004, a $1 million donation in tools and supplies was made to support U.S. troops in the rebuilding effort in Iraq.
In September 2004, The Home Depot joined forces with the U.S. departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs to launch Operation Career Front(SM), an unprecedented program designed to provide career opportunities for America's military personnel interested in transferring their unique skills, knowledge and abilities into a successful second career. That year the Company was honored with the No. 1 ranking in G.I. Jobs magazine's Top 10 Employers for Military Personnel and in 2005 received the No. 4 ranking. From 2003 to 2007, The Home Depot has hired more than 60,000 former military personnel.
Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, The Home Depot has had as many as 1,800 of its associates called to active duty. Beyond making sure these associates have a meaningful job when they return home, The Home Depot equalizes pay between associates' military salary and their potential salary at The Home Depot. Health benefits also are extended to all deployed associates and members of their families.
In 2005, The Home Depot received several commendations for the Company's military programs, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America(R) (MOAA(R)); a USO Patriot Award from the United Service Organizations (USO(R)) Council of Georgia; a Most Distinguished American Award from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; a Most Supportive Employer Award for The Home Depot Canada from the Canadian Forces Liaison Council; and a commendation for support of active duty, national guard and reserve military personnel through the Project Homefront initiative from The American Legion(R).
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