INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (July 4, 2013) – Panther is pleased to be joined by Medal of Honor recipient James E. Livingston during this weekend’s event at Pocono Racing. Livingston is a retired United States Marine Corps general who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in 1968 during the Vietnam War. Livingston is scheduled to speak at Panther’s “Operation: Hire Our Guard” veteran employment program on Sunday at 10:00 am (ET) in the team’s hospitality unit.
Livingston is the latest in a long list of Medal of Honor Recipients who have been an instrumental part of Panther’s program to fight veteran unemployment. During the week of the Indianapolis 500 in May Panther hosted a total of seven Medal of Honor Recipients, who were all included in the pre-race ceremonies for the iconic event. Panther has utilized many Medal of Honor Recipients as part of “Operation: Hire Our Guard” to help highlight the benefits of hiring veterans to all the local employers who attend the team’s program.

Livingston, then a Marine Captain, earned his honor in the Dai Do Republic of Vietnam in May of 1968 during an assault on the heavily fortified village. During the attack CPT Livingston was injured on three occasions – twice by grenade fragments – to the point he was unable to walk, but refused medical treatment and continued to lead his men through the assault. His men were responsible for the destruction of over 100 bunkers, driving the enemy from their positions, halting an enemy counterattack and supervising the evacuation of casualties. Despite his own injuries CPT Livingston did not allow himself to be evacuated until he was assured the safety of all his men.

Operation: Hire Our Guard is a Panther Racing initiative to raise awareness and educate business leaders around the country about the increasing unemployment crisis facing our National Guard, with the ultimate goal of making the connections necessary between the military and business leaders to secure quality employment for National Guard Soldiers. Unemployment is the No. 1 issue facing returning and demobilizing National Guard members and their families. Overall unemployment is 13% - as high as 30% for Veterans between 18-30 – and, in total, there are currently 65,000 unemployed National Guard members. Last year our events provided Veterans exposure to approximately 9,300 job opportunities and based on a conservative approach, potentially over 4,300 Guardsmen have been employed as a result of our program.

Media are welcome to attend the Operation: Hire Our Guard program at 10:00 am (ET) in the Panther Racing hospitality tent.