Melanie Penna, Senior Vice President of People & Integration for the TPX organization, serves as one of four executive champions on VetNet. We sat down with Melanie to learn more about Adam's Corner and how Comcast is working to support our military community.
Supporting Blue and Gold Star families at Comcast
Last year at a military development symposium, one of our participants, Cynthia Garcia, an employee of NBCUniversal, raised her hand and asked if it was possible for the company to consider a Gold Star community. She had lost her son in battle and was a Gold Star mom. Having lost my own child, after we were finished with the day, I approached her and I said, “You know what Cynthia? We’re gonna do this. We’re going to establish a Gold Star community.”
In the throes of kicking that off, we met with other members of my Veterans Network leadership team, as well as members of the Military Affairs group. We asked ourselves, well, why just Gold Star families? Why not establish communities in support of Blue Star families (families with people serving)? And also, military caregiver families – families that are caring for somebody who has served in the military.
So, we kicked off an effort to establish three communities as part of our Veterans Network – Gold Star families, Blue Star families, and Military Caregiver families.