We are committed to supporting our service men and women, including our military service personnel associates and their families. Our efforts focus on helping veterans in need and providing scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members. For information on working with the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise and other diverse suppliers, see the Managing Operations Responsibly page.
We engage in a handful of organizations that share our commitment to supporting our troops, including Camp Hope; Folds of Honor; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Shepherd’s Men. Our support ranges from monetary donations to charities and programs, to volunteering and sponsoring community events for military personnel and their families.
In 2017, HD Supply was a title sponsor of the Shepherd’s Men Run for the third consecutive year. The eight-day run is led by the Shepherd’s Men, a 17-member team of active duty, medically retired and honorably discharged service men and women. As part of the event, the Shepherd’s Men carry 22 pound flak vests to raise awareness of the estimated 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. The event also raises funding for the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, a comprehensive rehabilitation program that provides treatment for military veterans that have sustained mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of post-9/11 conflicts.
HD Supply’s Chairman and CEO Joe DeAngelo is an honorary Shepherd’s Men member and participates in the annual run. In total, HD Supply committed more than $100,000 to Shepherd’s Men in 2017 for supplies, logistical support, and lodging.
We also encourage associates across the company to engage in a Shepherd’s Men 22 fitness challenge, during which associates make their own fitness commitment and help raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. In 2017, more than 100 HD Supply associates participated in the challenges, and commitments included scaling Stone Mountain 22 times, completing 22 pushups per day, and walking with 22 pounds of HD Supply catalogs for 2.2 miles every day.
We are honored to support the Shepherd’s Men and their steadfast commitment to help our military veterans re-acclimate fully and successfully to civilian life. As one HD Supply family, we proudly fight for our service men and women who selflessly fought for the freedoms we enjoy every day.