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.
Since 2015, HD Supply has been the title sponsor of the annual Shepherd’s Men Run, which is an eight-day, multi-city run led by the Shepherd’s Men, a group of active duty, medically retired and honorably discharged service men and women. The Shepherd’s Men run 22 km every day while wearing 22 pound flak vests to raise awareness of the 22 veterans who commit suicide on average each day, and to raise funding for the Atlanta-based Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, which is 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. Every year, HD Supply commits at least $50,000 to support the Shepherd’s Men and the SHARE Military Initiative.
Associates are encouraged to show solidarity with the Shepherd’s Men and promote awareness of veteran suicide by completing their own “Shepherd’s Men 22 Challenge” during the Shepherd’s Men Run. Associate “22 commitments” have included hiking 22 times in 8 days, 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.