Operation: Job Ready Veterans to focus on developing the workforce of tomorrow

Indianapolis, IN (February 8, 2019) – Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV) has been selected as a recipient of a portion of a $1 million Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) Charitable Grant, which focuses on building a stronger workforce of tomorrow.

The Texas-based airline is supporting two-dozen nonprofit organizations across the country that are strengthening their communities through K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, building a resilient workforce, and providing leadership development.

“We are grateful that Southwest Airlines is joining us to serve our veterans. We have so many veterans in need, particularly as they transition from military to civilian life. Our programming at OJRV impacts them, their families, and their communities for a lifetime,” said Gene Anderson, Executive Director of OJRV.

OJRV will be using the grant funds to provide employment training and transition assistance services to veterans, service members, and military families at no cost to the participants.

“At Southwest, we believe in connecting People and championing communities,” said Bob Jordan, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. “As part of this commitment, Southwest is investing in communities across the country by supporting innovative nonprofits that are building resilient workforces, inspiring leaders, and enhancing STEM education. We want to champion their efforts and empower these communities to thrive.”

The grant funds will be awarded from the Southwest Airlines Foundation, a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation®.

By loving People, building resilience, and living responsibly, Southwest and its more than 58,000 Employees stand for connecting People and championing communities. To learn more about the grant programs, visit swa.is/grantrecipients.

About Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV)

Operation: Job Ready Veterans is an Indiana-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing veterans, service members, military spouses, and their dependents for entry into the workforce. OJRV focuses on transition, job readiness, and career placement, providing employment readiness training and specialized job placement to personnel from all military branches, service eras, and ability levels. The nonprofit’s mission is to bridge life’s transitional gaps for veterans, service members, and their families by empowering them to meet their individual education, employment, and career goals.


About Southwest Airlines

In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary customer service delivered by more than 58,000 Employees to a customer base topping 120 million passengers annually. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to serve Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. Learn more about how the carrier gives back to communities across the world by visiting Southwest.com/citizenship.