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New 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' pack supports veterans through Activision's endowment

Mike Snider
Gamers can support Activision's Call of Duty Endowment by purchasing some special 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' content available now for PlayStation 4.

"Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" players can spruce up their game on PlayStation 4 – and support military veterans – with a new jump pack out today.

1 ($4.99) lets you upgrade your game with a special wingsuit, parachute, and trail. All of the proceeds from sales of the pack will go to Activision's Call of Duty Endowment, which supports career assistance for military veterans. The content is available first on PS4, with other formats to come.

Also available now: Call of Duty “Night Raid” thematic art for your PS4 ($2.99). The artwork is from artist Max Uriarte, a Marine Corps veteran and creator of the Terminal Lance comic series. You can get the theme – all of the proceeds of which go to the endowment – by going to 'Settings', 'Themes', 'Select Theme', and selecting it. You can also increase your donation.

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In creating the theme, Uriarte said, "I wanted to do something that invoked a mood much like some of the best moments in the Call of Duty games. I wanted to capture that feeling of anticipation at the moment the flares light up and the Marines get ready to assault."

He talks about the project and his other works in an interview posted on the Activision Games Blog. His comic, Uriarte says, "has a decidedly more cartoony look to it, which is intentional to the semi-fantastical and ridiculous tones the comic takes. I just finished a new graphic novel called 'Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli,' which also takes a decidedly more realist approach to the artwork and is also in full color. This illustration was done very similarly to the look of that book. I don’t really think one approach is better than the other –good cartooning is harder to do than people give it credit for. I try to stay well rounded as an artist though and I enjoy doing more realist work when I can."

When asked about what average folks can do to help veterans transition back to civilian life, Uriarte said, "Don’t judge a veteran based on their previous life. For instance, if they were infantry, it does not mean they need to work security or be a police officer. The military (especially the infantry) is more than practical skills, it is a soul enriching experience in many ways that reaches deeper than any objective based education. Give them a shot. Trust their guts. They’ve seen and done a lot in a short amount of time."

He continued: "My advice to veterans is to fully embrace being a civilian again. Do the best that you can at everything you do, or don’t bother doing it at all. You have a lot to offer the world, don’t push people away just because they’re not veterans. Don’t get stuck in your own world."

Follow USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider on Twitter: @MikeSnider.

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