SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 28, 2014) -- Boasting more than 1.15 billion users across the world, Facebook is by far the largest social media website. The $104 billion dollar company is also now a PaYS partner. In fact, the social media giant became the 500th partner during a signing ceremony at 14th All American Bowl activities in San Antonio Jan 3.
Amanda Talbott, the recruiter for Veterans Programs and Initiatives for Facebook said, "At Facebook we see the extreme value veterans bring to us. Not only are they heroes who have served our country but through their service they come away with experience and knowledge that greatly impacts and brings great benefits to companies."
Talbott, who served in the Army National Guard and Operation Iraqi Freedom, added the PaYS program, which strives to help Soldiers transition back into the civilian workforce once they leave the Army, is a way to connect with more veterans.
Mark Davis, director of the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG), said the Army is very proud to partner with the largest on-line social network.
"Facebook is a moving force behind how the internet has impacted us and how we interact and communicate with the world, and we are proud to have Facebook join us."
Davis also thanked Talbott for her service and continued support of Soldiers.
General Robert W. Cone, commanding general of Army Training and Doctrine Command, said he was excited to extend this partnership under PaYS, and the potential of this program to move towards the future."
"Programs like the All-America-Bowl and PaYS demonstrate the appropriate balance between being a civilian, serving your country, and then transitioning back into civilian society. Certainly the PaYS program, as we look at what Soldiers think about when they sign on to that program as an option, their service to the Army recognizing that they are going to go back American society, putting in place those mechanisms with corporate industry and our partners to facilitate that transition, I think is very powerful."
Cone and Talbott signed the official PaYS Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) solidifying the partnership. Talbott was presented with the certificate of appreciation for making the partnership possible and an engraved plaque and star note from General Cone.