Southwest Airlines has about 5,800 employees in the U.S. National Guard and Reserves, or are veterans, and it’s recognizing military personnel for the third straight years with its Military Heroes Month.
In November, it has nine different activities around the U.S.—from mud runs to lunches and parades to four-day “healing journeys” that visit war memorials in Washington, DC.
On Nov. 7-8, Southwest is opening its facilities to students and their chaperones who can see the airline’s operation and interact and learn from the National Tuskegee Airmen. What a great opportunity.
In the last four years, Southwest has flown more than 4,500 World War II veterans to Washington to see their memorial, through the Honor Flight network.
Southwest does a really great job connecting with the communities its serves and giving back. In 2011, it says its employees volunteered more than 114,000 hours.