NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) and the USO of Metropolitan New York today announced that they will partner to open a new USO center in Terminal B at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The center is expected to be open by the end of the year, giving the thousands of service members and their families who pass through EWR a place to call home.
“We are very excited to partner with the USO on their Newark Airport center. We are passionately committed to being a good corporate citizen in the city of Newark, our headquarters city since Prudential was created in 1875,” said Barbara Koster, senior vice president and chief information officer at Prudential. “Prudential also has a deep appreciation for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who selflessly defend our country. We’re equally passionate about demonstrating our appreciation for their service. Working with the USO on this project gives Prudential an excellent opportunity to show our respect by offering them and their families a comfortable place for refreshment and relaxation during their travels.”
The Newark Airport USO center will be a place for service members and their families to relax before and after flights or during layovers. The center will be open seven days a week, 365 days per year and is easily accessible from all airport terminals.
“Our centers remain the #1 most utilized program offered by the USO and are the core of our mission—providing a home away from home for service members and their families. We are so thankful to Prudential for their leadership and commitment to serving the military in the greater Newark community and around the world,” said Brian Whiting, President and CEO, USO of Metropolitan New York. “Prudential’s partnership as the title sponsor of this center and their $1,000,000 contribution allows us to provide vital programs and services to our troops and their families.”
Prudential has a long history of support for military service members and their families, and for transitioning veterans. In 2010, Prudential created an Office of Veterans Initiatives to serve as an umbrella for all the company’s programs and initiatives that have an impact on the military community, including training, recruiting and hiring, employee engagement, philanthropic support, and thought leadership.
“The underlying mission of the Office of Veterans Initiatives is to make it possible for Prudential to have a deeper, more meaningful impact on efforts to remove barriers to employment for veterans and military families,” said Charles Sevola, vice president and head of Veterans Initiatives at Prudential. “Our programs provide veterans and military spouses access to quality education, job training, and employment opportunities so that they can better leverage the skills and talent they bring to the workforce.”
The Office of Veterans Initiatives provides job training for sustainable careers in information technology and business operations for service members and their families; professional development services for employees with military backgrounds and those interested in issues related to veterans; thought leadership that encourages corporate peers to adopt programs to help veterans build successful post-military careers; financial and volunteer service support of nonprofit organizations that help military service members and their families who need assistance transitioning back to civilian life; and financial literacy information to help ensure the financial health and wholeness of post-military services members and their families.
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. USO programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of corporate partners and the dedication of volunteers and staff. To join the USO in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit usonyc.org.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2015, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.