by John Stevens
South Region President
November 09, 2018

Our employees never cease to amaze me. This week more than 85 Sprint employees in Texas and Arkansas donated their time to clean 7000+ headstones and lay flags at four Veterans Cemeteries, in preparation for the many family and visitors that will walk the grounds this weekend. This is the region’s fourth year to host ‘Sprint Gives Back’ events in central Texas, and the team was excited to expand their volunteerism to more locations this year. 

It’s a small show of appreciation to the ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. This effort is extremely personal to many of our employees whose lives and families have been touched directly. It was heartwarming to see former service men and women now wearing a Sprint logo among those volunteering. Leadership Trainer James Eaton shared the morning in Little Rock cleaning side-by-side with his retired father who served in Vietnam and the Gulf.

With 17 military bases in our Region, the tradition of supporting our veterans and families is evident to me each day, not just as we recognize this weekend. Through our military discounts, Fisher House donations, career outreach and skills training, and the support we offer our employees who are called to serve, Sprint places these values at the core of our culture.

Of his time at the Houston National Cemetery, Prepaid ISM Brad Scott said, “Personally, I’m connected to this location. I have family here. As a living veteran, I consider it an honor to help maintain their final resting grounds.”  

Events occurred November 7 at DFW National Cemetery (Dallas), Houston National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery (San Antonio), and Little Rock National Cemetery. While onsite, the teams shared photos and generated 290 tweets using #SprintSalutesVeterans, raising $1,450 for the Fisher House Foundation through Sprint’s $5 per tweet donation.

The South Region will continue its holiday community outreach by participating in “Wreathes Across America” on December 15.