Apple honors America’s veterans

Today and throughout the year, Apple recognizes the immense sacrifices of veterans and their families. In honor of Veterans Day, Apple is proud to spotlight veterans’ stories, legacies, and communities — and to honor and support those who serve.

This Veterans Day, Apple is honoring veterans, sharing their stories, and supporting the military community through several programs.
This Veterans Day, Apple is honoring veterans, sharing their stories, and supporting the military community through several programs.

Supporting Veterans

Apple and its employees are proud to support veterans organizations that are giving back to the community, including non-profits like Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon mobilizes veterans to continue their service to their country and community, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises, including COVID-19. With a donation to Team Rubicon, Apple is helping mobilize the organization’s Greyshirt volunteers who are engaged in hurricane recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. Apple is also hosting its own volunteer training so that veterans and other employees at Apple are prepared to join the ranks of Team Rubicon’s Greyshirt first responders for deployment at disaster sites.

Earlier this fall, Apple teamed up with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase veterans’ access to virtual care benefits with iPad. This VA iPad program provides qualifying veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 80,000 veterans across the country connect to VA health care services virtually. And as of last year, veterans across the nation and surrounding territories who receive their care through the Veterans Health Administration can also use the Health Records feature in the Health app on iPhone to see a fuller, more comprehensive picture of their health that includes information from multiple providers.

Health Records on iPhone brings together veterans’ hospitals, clinics, and existing information on the Health app to make it easy for them to see their medical data across multiple providers.
Health Records on iPhone brings together veterans’ hospitals, clinics, and existing information on the Health app to make it easy for them to see their medical data across multiple providers.

Today on the App Store, users can learn more about Team RWB (Team Red, White & Blue), an app that brings veterans together through fitness events and community service. The App Store also features a collection of apps that lend a hand to those serving in the military. Apps like Sandboxx (Sandbox Family Communication) and Sesame for Military Families (Sesame Street) help family members process life’s changes, while Hero Care (American Red Cross) and Meditation Studio (InteraXon) provide veterans with health and wellness resources.

Apple is also providing up to a four-month free trial of Apple Music for veterans who sign up for the service anytime in November. Additionally, current and veteran members of the US Military, National Guard, and Reserve are eligible for special pricing on Apple products and accessories throughout the year with Apple’s Veterans and Military Purchase Program.

The Team RWB app helps veterans build connection through fitness events and community service.
The Team RWB app helps veterans build connection through fitness events and community service.
The App Store offers a curated collection of apps that lend a hand to service members and their families.
The App Store offers a curated collection of apps that lend a hand to service members and their families.

Celebrating Veteran Stories

To highlight the breadth of stories reflecting military and veteran experiences, the Apple TV app features a Military Stories collection surfacing movies and shows that tell the rich stories of those who have served. Apple Books also presents the Saluting our Veterans collection to help readers discover stories with powerful themes ranging from experiences of war to the transition back to civilian life.

Readers can discover true and fictional stories, mostly written by veterans, in the Saluting our Veterans collection on Apple Books.
Readers can discover true and fictional stories, mostly written by veterans, in the Saluting our Veterans collection on Apple Books.

Today, customers in the US with an Apple Watch can earn a special limited edition Activity award and animated stickers in honor of Veterans Day. To participate, just record any workout of 11 minutes or more.

Apple Watch users can earn a special award on November 11 for completing a workout of 11-minutes or more.
Apple Watch users can earn a special award on November 11 for completing a workout of 11-minutes or more.

MacDailyNews Take: Thanks to all of America’s veterans for your service!

16 Comments

  1. Today I honor those who serve in non-military front line wars in the civilian sector to aid the many and growing poor, sick, and unsheltered. Their service is thankless and their tasks are underfunded, disrespected, and often ignored by Congress, the courts, and federal and state legislatures.
    While there is that one ceremonial guard spiffily dressed, well-taken-care-of in a spacious park guarding an especially singled out Unknown Soldier — with a questionable military history — in order to evoke synthetic and unearned compassion for the Military Industrial Complex as well as to divert attention away from the American public that the unjust war economy lives on and thrives, there are countless unsheltered destitute folks who die unceremoniously on the river bottom, under bridges, and on urban sidewalks but are unguarded in order to be forgotten.

    1. Your inability to distinguish between the noble sacrifice of some young man from a century ago and your political obsessions, proves that leftists are pieces of garbage who don’t deserve to live in civilized society.

      1. That’s some forceful ad hominem attack. You do not know that the man’s sacrifice was noble because he’s unknown, hence the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He could have joined the military for the pay, food, and shelter. You don’t know that he was young. For all you know, he could be old. My concern is a noble obsession. How can I be a “piece of garbage” when I am not and my girlfriend and mom love me? I am civilized so I deserve to live wherever I want even in non-civilized society. I can even buy a home and live in it right next to the Apple Store. See? You need to think things through.

    2. Not the time and place to air OTHER grievances and societal ills that are MANY. This about honoring our veterans and my FAMILY HAS A LONG LINE OF THOSE THAT SERVED FOR GENERATIONS HONORABLY…

  2. Shocking. I am shocked. Apple has any sentiment for America? Why not take a knee? I mean, especially on Veterans Day, all the liberals at Apple should walk outside and burn the US Flag. You know, support the whole burn the system down and all. It’s all platitudes and Apple doesn’t have an EFFING American shred in them.

      1. Hard to tell if you’re really that stupid, an asshole, or both. You literally stand for nothing and fail to realize the irony of those who’ve lost their life so you can freely be a leftist asshole.

      2. I have never understood how lighting a match to U.S. flag cloth is free speech?!? But OK fine, you are really ticking me off by NOT honoring our veterans JD. Save the liberal socialist justice for another day…

        1. The USSC said it was free speech; That’s how. But I honored veterans. Social justice happens when it’s needed, and I determine when. I feel good about that.

    1. BZ, have to say I was very surprised, as well. But Apple got it right and fully support their efforts.

      Possibly there is hope to reform the liberal company one small step at a time.

      And just then I woke up…

  3. I’m a vet from the Vietnam War Era. Growing up I would see the “Join The Navy And See The World” posters. I was nothing special, just a simple Yeoman, but I loved sea duty and did see the World (Western Pacific Area) from Japan down through Sydney & Perth – plus Hawaii multiple times,

    While not always “fun” I was always aware that I was serving my country and I was proud of that ability. I still am.

    I don’t, however. believe in all the anti-military screaming that continually pops up over the years,

    Like it or not the US needs a large military with experienced personnel in all areas, You cannot develop a sailor in a technical field with 20 years experience overnight, Same with ship commanding officers or Admirals in a few months. It takes 20 years to get 20 years experience.

    And it is also important that quality people are recruited and retained. The competition for admission to our service academies is pretty stiff and we have long term benefits from those programs.

    At the same time, I am a supporter for universal health care via a combination of private and public health insurance. I like the Aussie system a lot because it eliminated cost shifting, which is the cost killer in the US. That’s not a “liberal” approach – it’s a moderate, intelligent that delivers better statistical outcomes and a significantly lower cost.

  4. Het Trump, we kept your cowardly ass out of military service but that doesn’t grant you the right to salute the flag. That’s reserved for actual brave patriots and veterans.
    Just another day trampling over hard won respect for our military.

      1. They probably don’t. I know somebody who claims to have been a high school baseball star recruited by the pros, and then a two-sport athlete (tennis and squash) at a Division I college, before taking up golf and excelling at that. All while claiming and receiving a medical deferment from Vietnam service for bone spurs. Can’t have hurt much.

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