Tech Business Donates to Veterans’ Trip

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Willamette Valley’s first honor flight departs next month, bringing World War II veterans to the National Monument in Washington, D.C.

The number of veterans going has nearly doubled and there’s Eugene company that’s behind a generous donation.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CBT Nuggets is bustling with activity. Employees work hard teaching online IT training. As they like to put it, it’s like NetFlix for nerds. CBT Nuggets is also a place where they also have fun.

Six months ago, the company implemented a new program called Nugget Love. Employees nominate a charity and each month a portion of the company’s profits is donated to it.

South Willamette Valley Honor Flight gave a presentation in August and it hit home. Brian Nelson is a Nugget training advisor. He’s also Army veteran who served from 2003 to 2006. He was in Baghdad and Fallujah.

In all, six employees are veterans, including CEO Dan Charbonneau who served in the Air Force. When they learned how they could help get more World War II veterans to National Monument in Washington, D.C., they jumped at the opportunity to serve.

“The sacrifices, the honor they gave, and then to think there’s never really been a chance to say thank you to them,” said Dan Charbonneau, CBT Nuggets CEO.

This is their thanks. CBT Nuggets is donating $30,000. That will cover airfare, transportation and hotels for 25 veterans.

Nelson, who takes pride in his service to his country, now takes pride in his company that honors our vets.

In addition to sending 25 veterans to Washington, D.C., two employees will being going as well to help out.


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  1. Ed Bock says:

    Thank you CBT Nuggets.

    Having just returned to my home in you have absolutely Albany following a trip with Honor Flight Northern Arizona as a Guardian I can assure you that you have “made the day” for the 25 Veterans who will see their Memorial and others.

    Your employees will have thier lives changed forever as well. They will be amazed and astounded at the outpouring of love and respect for these Veterans.

    By being an example hopefully other Eugene and southern Oregon companies and individuals will follow your lead and support Honor Flight and its goal of getting all WWII veterans to their memorial.

    Again, THANK YOU.

  2. Kris Wright says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mother in law, Barbara Wright was on one of the flights you helped provide. She had nothing but wonderful words to say about the trip and the professionalism that was show toward the vets. She was glowing and smiling and a little teary from the minute she arrived at the Shilo Inn in Portland til the time we got home in Monroe.

    She is 89 and very proud of her time in the Coast Guard and still holds meetings for those that are still around.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….


    Kris Wright

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