Hershey's $100,000 'Field Ration D'

Gives to Wounded Warrior Project; participates in Believe in Heroes, W.Va. Tough Mudder

Hershey Wounded Warrior Project W.Va. Tough Mudder.

A team of 23 Hershey employees joined with a group from the Wounded Warrior Project to participate in W.Va. Tough Mudder.

Recently, Hershey expanded its commitment to hiring veterans, and has joined other leading U.S. companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Together, these companies have committed to hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

"We're proud that our longstanding commitment to veterans extends back to World War I and II and continues today through our expanded veterans hiring initiatives," said Terry O'Day, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. "With a growing population of veteran employees and programs in place to help them be successful in their new workplace, it is an exciting time for veterans to be part of Hershey."

During the wars, Hershey provided milk chocolate bars and "Field Ration D" bars to troops. Hershey continues to support U.S. service men and women serving both domestically and in overseas conflicts, including through the company's product donation program, in which Hershey sends products to men and women serving in the military. During the past 10 years, Hershey has sent care packages to the troops consisting of more than 4,500 cases of product, with a value of nearly $500,000.

Earlier this year, a team of 23 Hershey employees joined together with a group from the WWP to participate in a West Virginia Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder participants have raised millions of dollars for WWP.

This Veteran's Day, members of the Hershey's Veterans Business Resource Group will be volunteering at veterans and military organizations in four communities across the country. "It's an important time of the year to recognize those who have served and sacrificed for our country," said O'Day. "We also want to do our part in helping those organizations that do so much to support our veterans across the country."

The Hershey Co., based in Hershey, Pa., is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. With revenues of more than $6.6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers.