9/11, 20 years later.

By: Raquel Wilson

How you can honor those we lost.

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It’s been 20 years since the U.S. was forever changed by the attacks on 9/11. Since then, we’ve channeled the hope and unity that first responders and our very own technicians and engineers exhibited that day and during the aftermath by coming together for good.

On this 20th anniversary, we remember those we lost, including three of our own V Teamers — Donna Bowen (Pentagon), Derrick Washington (World Trade Center) and Leonard White (World Trade Center). 9/11 has become a federally recognized day of service and one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give back.

It’s as easy as walking or writing

Giving back doesn’t have to be hard. Walk 0.25 miles to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. By walking, you are symbolically traveling the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

In addition, mail a letter of gratitude to volunteer firehouses across the country with the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.

Starting today until October 1, for everyone who volunteers for this event, Verizon will donate $10 (up to $20,000 total) to 911day.org.

Sign up for these opportunities in our volunteer portal and check out other ways you can give back this September.

9/12: “The Untold Story of Reconnecting New York"

9/11 was a day of devastation, but what occurred on 9/12 and many days after was nothing short of heroic as our Verizon technicians and engineers rebuilt downtown Manhattan. In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we’re sharing the untold stories of the Verizon employees who ran toward a crisis and became first responders in their own right. Join us for this one-day, real-time immersive experience that takes place entirely in your text messages.

Text 912 to 1-855-660-0912 to opt-in. For users who text the number on 9/12 or any days after, you will participate in the experience the following day.

Exclusive discounts: Putting first responders and their families first.

As part of our commitment to support the men and women who serve our communities, Verizon offers plan and product discounts to active and retired first responders. We honor their incredible contributions by offering our best pricing on Unlimited plans for firefighters, police, EMS workers, retirees, volunteers, and immediate family of those fallen in the line of duty.

Discounts are available to eligible new and existing Verizon customers on Mix & Match wireless unlimited plans. Wireless unlimited plans are available for as low as $30/mo per line per month for four lines with Start Unlimited (with Auto Pay, plus taxes and fees.) And Fios 200Mbps internet as low as $34.99/mo with enrollment in Auto Pay.

First responders are also eligible for a discount on select accessories:

  • 25% online when ordered through your My Verizon account
  • 10% when purchased at a Verizon wireless Retail store

Show your support, even on BlueJeans

If you enjoy changing your background for virtual calls, using this specially designed BlueJeans background from Employee Resource Group, VALOR, is a simple yet powerful way to show your support for first-responders and those we lost.

Here for you

If you need assistance during this difficult time, you are not alone. We invite you to use Verizon’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for confidential access to resources and services that can help. The EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-441-8674.

About the author(s):

Raquel Wilson is a former adfellow and now on her way to becoming a communications pro. You can always rely on her to have a good book recommendation and a latte she probably paid way too much for.

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