Spare change: Pilot Co. helps vets while easing coin shortage

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The Pilot Co. is inviting customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar at its travel plaza stores, with proceeds helping veterans through the nonprofit Call of Duty Endowment while easing a coin shortage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pilot and Flying J travel centers, and One9 Fuel Network stores are participating in the two-week campaign through July 13. In all, 700 company-operated stores in the U.S. are taking part, including EZ Trip, Mr. Fuel, Stamart and Pride. Pilot ranks No. 10 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

“As we celebrate the Fourth of July, it’s important to recognize those who serve and protect our country,” said James A. Haslam II, Pilot founder and veteran. “Pilot has had a long history of giving back to veteran-related causes, including the Call of Duty Endowment. The change in your pocket can add up to life-changing support for our nation’s service men and women.”

Veterans are urgently seeking employment due to the economic impacts of the pandemic. Organizations receiving grants from the Endowment report higher demand for their services and support. The Endowment helps veterans prepare and transition to civilian careers.

In conjunction with Veterans Day in  2019, Pilot donated $100,000 to support the Endowment’s goal of getting 100,000 veterans back to work by 2024.

“We are incredibly grateful for the commitment and generosity of Pilot Company and their guests, who are helping us ensure high quality employment for veterans during these very difficult times,” said Call of Duty Endowment executive director, retired Capt. Dan Goldenberg, U.S. Navy. “Every dollar raised goes directly to helping veterans find meaningful employment.” 

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