For Immediate Release
The National Military Family Association and Discovery Communications Team Up this Veterans Day to Honor the Families Who Serve Too
November 7, 2014
The 15TH Annual “America’s Parade,” a Reception and Comedy Show
Alexandria, VA - The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, and Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer and parent company to iconic television brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC and the American Heroes Channel, are teaming up for three Veterans Day events in New York City to support military families. The events include a float in the annual “America’s Parade,” as well as a fundraiser reception and comedy show.
The 15th annual “America’s Parade” on Veterans Day, hosted and produced by the United War Veterans Council, features more than 600,000 spectators and is broadcast nationwide. This year’s parade will travel along the iconic 5th Avenue in New York City and feature more than 240 floats and 20,000 participants. Floats will include veterans groups, military units, universities, and youth groups. This is the first time NMFA has participated in America’s Parade. The NMFA and Discovery float will also host the winner of this year’s “My Hero Is” contest, Corey McCrea and his family from Memphis, NY. Corey won the nationwide contest by nominating his father as the military hero in his life.
NMFA and Discovery will also be hosting a fundraiser reception and comedy show to raise money for military families. The reception will feature musical guests, John Ed Auer and Matt Smith. The comedy show, at Gotham Comedy Club, will headline Dave Attell, Jim Gaffigan and Jamie Kaler. Active duty and veteran service members will be given discounted admission for both events.
“We are honored to participate in this parade, highlighting the families of our past, present and future veterans,” said Joyce Raezer, executive director of NMFA. “When a military member serves, their family serves too. Walking down 5th Avenue with military families is such a powerful statement—especially on Veterans Day.”
Discovery Communications is a proud supporter of military families and will play a role in the lives of military families in the years to come,” said Raezer. “We thank them for all of their support.”
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 2.7 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content on more than 210 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery also controls Eurosport International, a premier sports entertainment group, including six pay-TV network brands across Europe and Asia. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.