THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Our colleagues share a large sense of pride and respect for service men and women. For more than 150 years, our employees and family of wholesalers have proudly supported our armed forces, veterans and military dependents. And we’re humbled to employ more than 1,000 veterans across the country.
More than 5,500 Anheuser-Busch employees have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and other military campaigns. Employees currently serving in the U.S. military may resume their jobs at Anheuser-Busch.
Folds of Honor
Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have helped to fund over 2,200 scholarships to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to the dependents of service members killed or disabled in the line of duty. Anheuser-Busch and its partners have donated over $13 million to the organization.
Since 1987, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have donated nearly $11 million to military charities including USO, Fisher House, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Pentagon Memorial Fund, America Supports You, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Hispanic War Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, among others.
Recent programs to support the USO have included:
- Sponsoring entertainment shows for U.S. troops in Bosnia, the Middle East and duty stations around the world
- Donating $250,000 and racing a special “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” paint scheme on the No. 9 Budweiser Ford in two races during the 2010 NASCAR season.
- Providing non-alcohol beer and televisions to create 2010 Super Bowl watch parties for service members stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Sponsoring a live simulcast of the 2010 Lollapalooza music festival for troops in the Middle East, this featured special salutes from the audience and performers.
Military Sports Association
Anheuser-Busch helped found the U.S. Military Sports Association, an organization that supports our uniformed men and women’s sports activities, and has donated more than 18,000 pieces of sports equipment to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Anheuser-Busch’s military support dates back to the company’s co-founders. Both Adolphus Busch, and his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser, served in the Union Army as members of the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War.
During World War I and World War II, the company produced diesel engines for Navy submarines and amphibious recon vehicles for the Army. More than 1,500 employees served and all had jobs when they returned. In addition, the company retooled factories to make gliders and wing assemblies, and donated freight cars for military transport.
In 1944, employees raised $879,350 in war bonds, enough to purchase two B-17 bombers for the Army Air Corps. The Army named the planes “Miss Budweiser” and “Buschwacker.”
Anheuser-Busch helped thousands of Americans show support for the troops in 2005 through the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour.” The 28-city national tour allowed visitors to record customized 10- to 30-second messages of support distributed to U.S. troops in more than 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service.