News From Our Partners

On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport Join America’s Warrior Partnership as Four Star Alliance Members

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport have joined the organization’s Four Star Alliance, a membership program for community organizations that offer adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, or wellness programs to veterans and their families. The addition of these two new partners brings the total number of Four Star Alliance members to 50, further increasing available organizations providing veterans and their families the recreational therapy services in their community that are vital for recovery and rehabilitation.

As a part of the Four Star Alliance, organizations are recognized as a Program of Excellence and have access to resources for national awareness and development campaigns. Each member agrees to abide by AWP’s Standards of Excellence and is vetted for financial stability, excellent business practices, and willingness to make and take appropriate referrals.

“We are proud to welcome two more members to our Four Star Alliance program,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “Both the On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport provide unique opportunities and activities that enable veterans and their families to stay connected, active, and integrated in their communities.”

On Course Foundation
The On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion, and development of injured veterans through golf. A driving force behind the organization’s mission is the Golf Skills and Employment Program which incorporates golf instruction, competitive play, golf education, golf industry seminars, the opportunity to socialize with fellow veterans in their community, and the potential to gain meaningful employment in the golf industry.

“We are delighted to join forces with America’s Warrior Partnership by becoming a member of their Four Star Alliance,” said John Dodds, Executive Director of the On Course Foundation. “We firmly believe that the game of golf can play a key role in the on-going mental and physical recovery of our nation’s injured veterans, and we look forward to starting this exciting partnership.”

Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport premise is to engage former service members and veterans through motorsports, specifically sports car racing (IMSA, SRO, CTCC), along with virtual engagement through simulated iRacing. Programs are designed to provide therapeutic assistance, enhance quality-of-life, and increase mental health and resiliency by providing atmospheres that help build a sense of team, identity, and purpose.

“All of us at Operation Motorsport are excited to join the Four Star Alliance. Our team consistently seeks new and innovative ways of engaging beneficiaries, and there is so much opportunity as we look to this partnership,” expressed Tiffany Lodder, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Motorsport. “We are grateful for the new resources we can look forward to sharing, and for the new avenue of opportunities we will be able to offer America’s Warrior Partnership and the Four Star Alliance.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.
www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

On Course Foundation
On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion and development of injured veterans using the game of golf. Our mission is to build confidence and self-belief in our members through our Golf Skills and Employment Events, and set them on the path to meaningful employment in the golf industry.
https://www.oncoursefoundationusa.org/ | @OnCourseFoundationUSA

About Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport is a veteran-led 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation based in Raleigh, NC and Brighton, Ontario, Canada. It was founded on the basis of three simple words – Excite, Engage, and Empower. Its mission is to engage through motorsports activities, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery and rehabilitation.
http://operationmotorsport.org | @OpsMotorsport


2021 Center for Women Veterans Trailblazer Initiative

 

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is proud to announce the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative.

 

For this initiative, CWV has defined a women Veteran Trailblazer as a woman who:

 

Has served and separated from the service and makes an impact by enhancing the lives of other Veterans, Veteran families or Veteran caregivers. Impact may be a single event or action or may be demonstrated over a period of time in one or more of the following areas:

 

Education
Employment
Entrepreneurship
Homelessness
Legal
Mental Health and Wellness

Please submit all requested materials:

Nomination form
Nominee’s recent professional (looking) photo
One-page summary of why the women Veteran meets the definition above of a Trailblazer and how she is continuing to serve others.

Nomination packages for the CWV 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative should reach CWV by Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered. Previously selected Trailblazers will not be considered.

 

Email nominations and/or questions to: 00W@va.gov.

 

We look forward to receiving your nomination.
DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE


The Rosie Network

The Rosie Network is proud to announce the launch of the newest edition to the Service2CEO entrepreneur program, Valor Chapters! Valor Chapters are for the diverse and opened minded military business and entrepreneur community.

Our program is a 16 week course that is free of charge to the participant. Service2CEO is a two time award winning program that uses Subject Matter Experts across various fields of business ownership to guide our participants throughout their journey.

To apply for an upcoming cohort: bit.ly/Service2CEOApplication.

To find out more about The Rosie Network Chapters: https://therosienetwork.org/chapters


Minority Women Veterans Organization 2021 Shero of the Year

Roweena is a single mother of two girls (5 and 13) She is a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserve where she has served for 20 years. Her role in the Reserves as a Victim Advovate has led her to her passion of working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (both in and out the military; and young teen girls who have seen or experienced these).

She is currently the director of Supporting Women and Nurturing Survivors (SWANS) of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority where she helps provide survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence with the resources they need so they can know they have support and a voice. These resources include monetary, partnerships with other organizations, as well as our monthly SIS (Suffering In Silence) Talks that discusses topics that focus on getting survivors through the healing process such as pouring from an empty cup, boundaries, and self care.

Roweena has also recently started an instagram page called @alwaysd.r.e.a.m., which is a page for women (veterans,military and non veterans) and mothers of teen girls. (Page still in construction) “I started this page because I realize that every woman has a unique struggle..and I want women to be able to get the help, motivation, and resources they need to get through that particular struggle. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know what it feels like to be broken and not have support. I want to let women ( and mothers of young teen girls) know that no matter what they are going through they are not alone..and we can continue to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Amazing and Motivated together.” She hopes to eventually turn this page into a non profit.

She is also in the final stages of her internship for her Masters in Clinical Psychology with SMR Counseling Services where she is able to see clients with little to no cost.


The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

The NCOA will host its 57th Annual Conference and Vanguard Awards Dinner on July 20-23, 2021 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport in San Antonio, Texas.

Conference Platinum Sponsor $10,000 (1 Available)

  • Top logo placement on Banners and Signs
  • Four NCOA conference registrations
  • Four reserved seats at Vanguard Awards Dinner
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Platinum sponsorship recognition on all printed products
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item and up to 8.5” x 11” insert in delegate bags
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Full Page ad in Conference Program

Vanguard Sponsors $7,500 (4 Remaining. The Coast Guard Sponsor for 2021 is GEICO Military)

  • Two NCOA conference registrations
  • Two seats at reserved table at Vanguard Awards Dinner with your sponsored Vanguard
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Recognition on all printed products
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item in delegate bags
  • Half Page ad in Conference Program

The Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America (NCOA) annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed service for acts of heroism.

This recognition is made to honor those individuals who have performed a particularly heroic act that resulted in the saving of a life or the prevention of serious injury. Selectees will receive the NCOA Military Vanguard Award named in honor and memory of enlisted recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor of their respective service.

Read the accounts of the heroic actions of our 2020 Military Vanguard Award recipients:

SSG BENJAMIN J. ROBERTS – US ARMY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USA.pdf

SSGT SAMUEL S. MULLINS – US MARINES https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USMC.pdf

SO1 MARK T. PALMER – US NAVY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USN.pdf

CMSGT JAMES M. TRAFICANTE – US AIR FORCE https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USAF.pdf

EM2 DANIEL M. PETERS – US COAST GUARD https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VG-Story-USCG.pdf

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Darrell Owens Joins the Team at America’s Warrior Partnership
Congressional Advisor and Army Reservist to serve as Director of Government Relations

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Nov. 10, 2020 – America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that Darrell Owens is their Director of Government Relations, a newly created position at the veterans’ service organization. Owens also serves as an Army Reserve officer and just returned from United States Army Europe, where he was the Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor and Congressional Liaison. As the Director of Government Relations, Owens will be responsible for strengthening and fostering relationships within the veterans and military affairs community at the national level.

“I’m proud to have another veteran on the team to bring a great perspective to veteran’s issues,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “He brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of veterans’ needs that will help us to strengthen key relationships and to share our mission to empower veterans.”

Before joining AWP, Owens was a staffer in Congress for nearly 14 years. He was recently the National Security Advisor and Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), handling the Senator’s military, veterans, foreign affairs, homeland security, and intelligence issue portfolio.

Owens is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he worked for the National Energy Marketers Association for two years before joining the Capitol Hill office of Representative John E. Peterson (PA-05), then his successor, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05). While working for Thompson, he handled the Congressman’s military and veterans issue portfolio.

He joined the United States Army Reserve and was deployed overseas to South Korea, Poland, and Germany. He is a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, a 2016 graduate of the United States Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. Owens is a 2019-2020 Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

“I look forward to supporting and sharing the vision of America’s Warrior Partnership,” said Owens. “It is critical to have veterans’ needs and voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making. While significant progress has been made as Congress leaned into VA transformation through reforms, new programs, and greater authorities, we still have more work to do – especially to reduce veterans’ suicide. I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visitAmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

By Lisa Ducharme, Executive Director, New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Why was the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce (NEVCC) created?

The quick answer, is we were created to help our military-connected businesses throughout New England, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, where we have over 140,000 veteran-owned businesses. With a long-term goal of being their for all of our veterans and their family members.

I was originally asked to establish the Massachusetts Veterans Chamber of Commerce and later was asked to switch to the establish the NEVCC, after a strategic planning process and determined it would be best to start as a Regional Chamber, as states are small.

There were a lot of things that needed to be considered before establishing a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, 1st, do we need it? 2nd, is it sustainable? 3rd, Can we build the trust?

When I was asked, I personally had to figure out, why we needed a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, because Chambers of Commerce are declining in membership. Then I started to think back, we have the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legions, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), all great organizations, all have been around along time, but none of them focus on Veteran Businesses.

When I thought about the organizations, I used in 2013 when I started my business, like the Small Business Development Centers, Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, and Veteran Business Outreach Centers, these are great organizations, but they focused providing resources that are part of the SBA family. None of them provided me any veteran specific resources. In many cases, they don’t focus on the lessons we learned in the military that make us great business owners.

We have over 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses throughout the United States, and when the new census is completed, the numbers are going to be higher. As veterans we have a proven history of being there for each other. Our World War I pilots taught us “Got Your Six”, and that has been a thread through history, that will not change, we will be there for each other. When we establish an organization for our veterans, and when we build trust in that organization, it is sustainable.

Who are the founding members of the organization and how were they chosen?

Lisa Ducharme, founded the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected by Michael Zacchea, Executive Director, United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected due to her military background, in-depth understanding of veteran resources, veteran business resources, experience doing outreach with veterans and working with veteran owned businesses, collaborations with organizations, as well as her experience as a business owner. Lisa is a 20-year Air Force retired veteran, the daughter of a 30-year retired Air Force, Vietnam veteran and mother of a retired Army soldier. As the owner of Your Visual Alternatives, Lisa was well acquainted with the challenges of small business.

What is the organization’s purpose and/or mission?

The NEVCC’s purpose and mission is to help military-connected businesses launch, operate, and scale successful businesses, acting as a central hub and support network through which members can access resources designed to help them grow sustainable businesses that create jobs and contribute to healthy communities.

We think it’s important to remind our veterans the lessons we learned in the military, and how we can use them in business. We are focused on business, networking, social development and resource assistance.

What types of events does the organization plan on hosting?

We started off focusing training, that was not offered locally, such as Daymond On Demand, Builder Profile 10, LinkedIn for Businesses, etc. We participated in the Veterans Grow America/The Rosie Network, Virtual Veteran Business Pop-up. Starting at the end of February 2020 we had open zoom office hours seven days a week to assist businesses. We reached out to each business that we had worked with and provided them resources and information.

During COVID-19 our focus is to help businesses connect via a variety of challenges, which encourages networking, business development, social development and resource assistance. We will continue to connect our businesses to different training opportunities.

Once we are able to start doing networking events again, we will host a variety of networking events, to connect our businesses to one another and also business opportunities.

What do you see as the missing gaps in New England for veterans and veteran families?

The missing gaps are not the resources, it’s how to we get the resource information out to the veterans and their families.

Reaching our veteran and military caregivers are probably the biggest gap, because they are focused on taking care of the veteran, and do not realize all the resources and assistance that is available to them.

The ultimate key is to remind everyone they are not alone, and we have resources and assistance for everything! I always say, friends may come, and friends may go, but our military connection is forever, and I mean it.

What role does diversity play in your organization moving forward?

Diversity played a role in the establishment and running of the NEVCC, and will continue moving forward. As veterans, we are diverse, not only in race, religion, age, gender, cultural background, but also in our branch of service, and when we served and more. It is important to take input from all our military-connected businesses, we are here for them, and we need to have everyone’s input.

What do you feel is the biggest problem facing New England veterans?

The biggest problem facing New England Veterans is veterans and their families understanding resources available to them. Gaining trust in organizations that are there to assist them, is not easy. When I retired from the Air Force, I was surprised how many organizations reached out and said they supported veterans, but didn’t always provide the services they said they did. As a veteran business, there are businesses who want our information, generally so they can get paid sponsorships and sell their services to veterans.

Many veterans, don’t realize they are veterans. I have had veterans tell me they want to start a business to help veterans understand what is available, and my first question is what is their definition of a veteran. One in three will exclude me as a veteran, because they don’t understand the definition of a veteran. I have had Guard and Reserve members tell me they aren’t veterans, because they didn’t have any active duty. I remind them they qualify as a veteran, under the Veterans Administration, and I provide them the link to the Veterans Identification Card (VIC).

How can people get involved in your organization?

I encourage anyone interested in getting involved or if they have questions on starting or growing a business, to contact us https://nevcc.org/contact or email admin@nevcc.org

Anything else that is important that you feel we should know?

On 9/11/2001, for the first time in over 50 years, foreign terrorism was in our own back yard, it awakened in us the sacrifices that our military make every single day, and ignited programs to support our military in their mission and beyond. Because of 9/11 the American People have an appreciation and relatability of what our military goes through with heightened alert, fear and panic and so much more.

With COVID-19 and the unrest across America, our National Guard and Reserves have again been called in service. Many had to leave jobs, which means the businesses that have Guard and Reserve members, have to do without. Our Guard and Reserve members who were going to school, many had to put school on hold, or some let their grades suffer, because they didn’t want to have to miss a semester.

So many Programs have been put in place to support those who support our freedoms. Now that we have these programs, it’s my privilege to help people become aware, gain access and benefit from the support that is out there.


US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020)The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards. “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


America’s Warrior Partnership Kicks-off 2020 Empower Veterans Giving Campaign on November 2

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today the launch of their year-end giving campaign, “Empower Veterans,” to raise funds to increase awareness and service programs for military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The campaign begins Monday, Nov. 2, and runs through the end of the year. AWP is also participating in the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s most extensive annual workplace charitable giving campaign.

“Our core mission is empowering communities to empower veterans,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Empower Veterans fundraising campaign encourages donors to give, engage, and empower so we can continue to provide these valuable programs and services dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to serve veterans on a local community level.”

For every dollar donated to the 2020 Empower Veterans Campaign, $0.96 goes directly to support programs such as these:

Community Integration
America’s Warrior Partnership’s proven model provides veteran-serving organizations with the tools and services they need to offer local veterans a customized program to serve their needs.

The Network
A digital coordination center connecting local veteran-serving organizations with national resources when a veteran’s request cannot be met locally.

Corporate Veteran Initiative (CVI)
A program to help corporate leaders better understand the unique skills and experiences that veterans can contribute to a business. AWP works with participating companies to develop and implement workplace solutions that enable veterans to thrive in their careers and become valuable assets to their employers.

Four Star Alliance
A national initiative committed to ensuring that veterans, their families, and caregivers have access to vetted adaptive sports, recreational therapy, and wellness programs.

Operation Deep Dive
The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

Operation Deep Dive is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

Raise the Awareness | #empowerveterans #give #engage #empower
2020 Empower Veterans Campaign | www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/giving
2020 Combined Federal Campaign | https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


America’s Warrior Partnership Celebrates Passage of Federal Legislation Empowering Communities to Prevent Veteran Suicide

After years of educating the nation on community initiatives to eliminate military veteran suicide, national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership today celebrated the passage of federal legislation that will deliver critical resources to communities nationwide to develop and implement impactful suicide prevention services for veterans, their families, and caregivers. The new law is an important step forward in reversing the national trend of 20 veterans who die by suicide on average every day, as reported in a 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, co-written by Chairman Jerry Moran, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Senator Jon Tester, will establish a grant program empowering community-based organizations to conduct proactive outreach to local veterans and connect them with holistic support programs to improve their quality of life. The legislation’s community-based strategy to suicide prevention is a critical component that America’s Warrior Partnership President and CEO Jim Lorraine has urged policymakers to prioritize in multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate and House Committees on Veterans Affairs.

“The risk factors affecting a veteran’s mental health are vastly different depending on the community in which they live, which means local organizations are in the best position to understand and address these issues,” said Lorraine. “The importance of empowering these community-based service providers has been the foundation of our outreach and testimony to Congress, so I am pleased that this legislation acknowledges the role communities play in preventing veteran suicide.”

The law’s focus aligns with the core mission of America’s Warrior Partnership: empowering communities to empower veterans. Each of the nonprofit’s programs and services is dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to proactively and holistically serve local veterans. Veteran-serving organizations employing the nonprofit’s signature Community Integration service model have engaged more than 53,200 warriors since February 2014.

The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

The call for urgent action to prevent veteran suicide was amplified when more than 200,000 veterans and veteran advocates from all 50 states signed a petition urging Congress to prioritize the issue. The petition was started by Mission Roll Call, a program of America’s Warrior Partnership and a digital grassroots movement, providing veterans with a powerful, unified voice delivered directly to policymakers. Mission Roll Call Executive Director Garrett Cathcart shared the stories of veterans impacted by the suicide crisis in written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs in September 2020.

“Veterans need local resources where they can comfortably seek assistance, and Congress must step up to help communities in this endeavor,” said Cathcart. “We wish to expressly thank Representatives Mark Takano and Phil Roe for their bipartisan cooperation in bringing this bill from the Senate through the House for President Trump to sign into law. This is a win for our entire country, particularly veterans seeking access to mental health services that have historically been difficult to provide in remote communities.”

As the new law goes into effect, America’s Warrior Partnership will continue to support the fight to eliminate veteran suicide through OpDD, which is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

For more information on OpDD, including the latest findings and details on how to participate in an interview, visit americaswarriorpartnership.org/deep-dive.

VETERANS CRISIS LINE | A service member or veteran in crisis can call 1.800.273.8255 and press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to connect for help.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership

America’s Warrior Partnership Awards $60,000 to 3 San Diego Military Veteran Groups

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that it has awarded $60,000 in grants from its annual Patriot’s Pour, a campaign created to raise donations for holistic military veterans programs, to San Diego-based military veterans organizations. The funds, raised by Murphy Development Company and Lusardi Construction Company, were awarded to three San Diego-based military veterans and community service groups.

The three local nonprofits receiving the grants include Vets’ Community Connections, a nonprofit that assists veterans and their families with integrating into the San Diego community; 2-1-1 San Diego, a free 24-hour confidential phone service helping San Diego residents connect with community services; and the San Diego Veterans Coalition, a nonprofit inspiring and encouraging collaboration and cooperation among service providers and veteran service organizations to improve support for veterans within the San Diego region.

Organizations were chosen based on America’s Warrior Partnership’s proprietary Community Assessment Tool, which helps to determine the community’s ability to serve local veterans. The assessment concluded that “leadership” among local veteran-serving organizations was an area of strength, while “proactive outreach” was an area that could be better supported due to San Diego County’s large size.  America’s Warrior Partnership identified local organizations that understood the importance of holistic Community Integration and could work in collaboration to implement and enhance proactive outreach programs to connect veterans with the resources and opportunities they have earned through their military service.

“Local veteran-serving organizations are a pillar of the San Diego community, which has one of the nation’s largest military footprints with more than 222,000 veterans and 229,000 active-duty service members living in the county,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “No single group can effectively serve every one of these veterans on its own, so Patriot’s Pour offers a way for our Community Integration program to support the entire community to amplify local veteran services. We thank Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction for bringing the campaign to San Diego and driving immense support from local groups to give back to our veterans.”

As Patriot’s Pour participants, Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction offered their vendors, subcontractors, tenants and brokers the opportunity to offer funds in support of San Diego veterans. A donation was generated for every yard of concrete the companies poured at The Campus at San Diego Business Park Building 3 project in 2019.

“We are proud to support our San Diego veterans and help them find the resources they need,” said R. Michael Murphy, President of Murphy Development Company. “Thank you to America’s Warrior Partnership for the opportunity to support our veterans, and thank you, veterans, for your tremendous service.”

“Lusardi Construction Company, together with our valued subcontractors and consultants, are blessed to be able to support our veterans of this great country,” said John A. Bailey, Chairman of Lusardi Construction Company.

Additional Information about Patriot’s Pour | https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/patriots-pour

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.

www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

About Murphy Development Company
Murphy Development Company master plans and develops state-of-the-art corporate industrial parks in San Diego. In Otay Mesa, the area just north of the U.S./Mexico Border in San Diego, the 33-year-old company has developed or master-planned nearly 10 million square feet and is responsible for attracting numerous Fortune 500 tenants to the area. The company is also developing 31 acres in the Scripps Ranch sub-market of San Diego. Murphy Development is headquartered in Otay Mesa.

www.murphydev.com

About Lusardi Construction
Lusardi Construction was founded in 1958 by Warner Lusardi, and his father, Peter, in the garage of their Southern California home. What started out as two men with big ideas and a tremendous work ethic developed into the classic American success story. In the years since, the firm has completed thousands of buildings and covering millions of square feet. Lusardi Construction is one of the nation’s most successful full-service general contractors.

www.Lusardi.com


NCOA Corporate Partner Sponsorship (Professional Military Recognition Programs and Scholarships)

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) is a Military Service Organization (MSO) created in 1960 to address quality of life issues for enlisted members of our Active, Reserve, Retired and Veteran members of all branches of the military, National Guard cadre as well as families. We are seeking Corporate Partners to support our Military Service Organization’s Professional Development (MSOPD) Recognition Programs and the NCOA National Scholarship Program.

Corporate Partner Sponsorship is available at 2 different levels – Silver Level at $3,500 and Gold Level at $5,000. For each level we will place your company logo and a link to your website on our NCOA ADVOCATE homepage. The NCOADVOCATE Newsletter (see attached) is distributed weekly via e-mail to nearly 40,000 NCOA Basic and Premium Members. Additionally, Gold Level Sponsors will have their Company Logo and link included On the NCOA website ncoausa.org

The Corporate Partner/MSOPD Program will recognize Distinguished Graduates of Professional Military Education Courses and those who receive Special Recognition from their Services (i.e. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inductees, Service Members of the Year at Major Command Level). In addition, funds would be used to provide scholarships for military family members through the NCOA Scholarship Fund.

Corporate Partner Designee will also be added to NCOADVOCATE E-Mailing list. For our planning purposes, please let me know whether your Company would be interested in supporting this program.

Please contact Joseph Terry at (210) 819-0568 or via e-mail to jterry@ncoausa.org if you have any questions, comments or require additional information.


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards.  These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture.  “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation.  Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Keynote Lineup for VIRTUAL Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 includes Leaders from FAA, CISA and The White house

Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA; Brian Harrell, Assistant Director, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); and Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House, will deliver keynote presentations at Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 Virtual Event taking place September 15-17.  Additional keynote panels are Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic; UPS Panel on Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation; and Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP.

For the first time, Keynotes will be free to attend for anyone with Virtual Exhibit Hall pass. In addition to accessing the keynotes, attendees will be able to chat with one another during the sessions and network with one another through a sophisticated AI-powered networking tool. Registration is available here: https://virtual.expouav.com/page/1554247/register?promo=209221

“The need to come together has never been greater,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “We’re thrilled that these top UAS leaders have chosen Commercial UAV Expo as the platform for sharing critical updates and information during these extraordinary times.”

Keynote Presentations

Steve Dickson, FAA
UAS Today and Onward

Over the past year, the industry and the FAA have made substantial progress related to UAS. Operators have received part 135 air carrier certification, the long-awaited remote identification rule was proposed and will soon be finalized, aircraft type certification efforts are underway, and emergency relief and public safety operations have expanded. But where is the FAA really on the path to full integration? This journey began and is progressing deliberately, with an absolute commitment to safety every step of the way. As technology has advanced; experience has been gained through real-world operations, such as those conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Regulatory efforts have progressed bringing the destination closer every day. In this keynote address, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will discuss the state of UAS, today and in the future.

Brian Harrell, CISA
Security Threats & Opportunities; DHS CISA Resources for Commercial Enterprises

“Private industry does not own the airspace above generation facilities, above a transmission substation, above a water plant — so the overhead threat for attack is absolutely real today.”—Brian Harrell. In his Keynote address, Brian will provide an update on joint efforts of DHS, DOJ, HHS and other agencies to anticipate and mitigate threats, the risks posed by—and opportunities for use of – unmanned systems, the importance of investing in an insider-threat and other crisis mitigation programs, and resources available for industry including free workshops, training and webinars through the DHS CISA. The goal is protecting key infrastructure and other assets including the electric grid and water resources and preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Michael Kratsios, The White House
Update from the White House

As President Trump’s top technology advisor, Michael has led the development and execution of the Administration’s national technology policy agenda since inauguration. Under his leadership, the White House launched National initiatives for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and broadband communications, autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing. Chief Michael will provide an update on the latest developments from the White House.

Keynote Panels

In addition to the Keynote Presentations, the program includes three Keynote panels:

Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic

The successes of drones deliveries for sending medicine and organs to hospitals quickly, or delivering aid in disaster areas, has not only been a step forward for proof of concept, but the PR engendered has been an important boost for the drone industry. How have deliveries been progressing, particularly throughout the pandemic, and what are next steps toward expanding these programs for other types of package delivery via drone?

Panelists include Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner, Hogan Lovells, (Moderator); Bala Ganesh, UPS; Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc with additional speaker announcements to come.

Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation

The UPS Flight Forward team is comprised of women leaders. In this inspiring Keynote they’ll share not only the new technologies being deployed and integration into the existing UPS airline fleet, but also their experiences as they’ve been actively balancing the gender equation. Speaker announcements coming soon.

Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP

Jay Merkle will kick off the session with a regulatory update and will then engage panelists in candid discussion about their IPP experiences. He’ll focus on how these learnings and insights will inform the expansion of drone programs.

Panelists include Jay Merkle, FAA (Moderator); Katelyn McCauley, San Diego IPP; Cathy Cahill, University of Alaska IPP; Mark Blanks, Virginia IPP; James Grimsley, Advanced Technology Initiatives, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is the leading international trade show and conference for the commercial drone market. Its sixth edition, September 15-17, 2020 will take place virtually. For more information, visit www.expouav.com/.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas and its sister event Commercial UAV Expo Europe are produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV News, GeoBusiness Show, International Lidar Technology Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, SPAR 3D.com, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference and AEC Next News. For information on opportunities for vendors at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, contact Katherine Dow, Sales Manager, at kdow@divcom.com or +1.207-842-5497. For attending information, visit www.expouav.com or email info@expouav.com.

ONLINE REBOOT WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

OPERATION REBOOT by National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. aka REBOOT
An Initiative to REBOOT the Lives & Careers of Transitioning Service Members and Veterans and Promote Employment in Priority Sectors for a Stronger Economy

Program Overview
Military service endows important personal characteristics, practical skills, and professional experience. Translating these for civilian life is the challenge. Existing efforts focus primarily on the basic aspects of the employment transition, but do not adequately address personal and lifestyle transition or effectively prepare for and support professional transition – nor
do they adequately address veterans with disabilities.

We’ll Help You:
RELEARN * REBUILD * REBRAND and REBOOT Your Life!
To Learn more or Enroll in a Workshop! Call 619.822.2701 or email kalem@nvtsi.org


VetsLegal – Lawyers for Warriors

Can you help put legal remedies in reach of a Veteran who is at risk of homelessness and suicide during the pandemic? The grassroots supporters of Veterans Legal Institute will rally on November 9 at its annual event Lawyers for Warriors, presented again this year by Wright, Ford Young & Co.

2020 Lawyers for Warriors Flier for November 9 event

If you are able, all support is meaningful and brings the power of compassionate pro bono legal care to homeless, disabled, and low-income Veterans who need us to stand by them right now. Please visit www.vetslegal.org


NVBDC Announces: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton to Join NVBDC Advisory Board

NVBDC announcement
Serving as the National Director of Events for “Hiring Our Heroes” and with over 32 years of military service in staff positions for the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton is a great addition to the NVBDC‘s Advisory Board.

National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) is “Changing How American Businesses Perceive Veteran Owned Companies.” Senior leadership is the organization’s foundation for accelerating programs and mentorships and increasing corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). The NVBDC Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Early in Kathy’s career, her ambition set her on a path for high-level achievements. She is a highly focused visionary with 25+ years of experience providing strategic management in operations, human resources, project and program management and employee development. During her military career, Kathy has deployed to Honduras, Panama, Turkey, Kuwait and Afghanistan. She served as a reserve component liaison officer under the 5th Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom stationed at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, where she was awarded the Bronze Star.

Kathy has also developed initiatives and communications strategies to assist transitioning service members, and Veterans to find meaningful employment; this led her to become the spokesperson for the Hiring Our Heroes program at military and community events.

Kathy’s skills and lifetime achievements collectively bring an inspiring perspective to the National Veteran Business Development Council Advisory Board.


America’s Warrior Partnership Welcomes TAPS to the Four Star Alliance

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the nation’s leading organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes, has joined the Four Star Alliance, a membership program of vetted community organizations that provide therapeutic recreation and wellness programs to veterans, their families and caregivers.

“For the last several years, our Annual Survey has found that recreation is the most sought-after resource among veterans and their families, and the Four Star Alliance helps veterans find reliable recreational therapy programs, ” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “With their expansive network of military and veteran families, TAPS will help expand the Four Star Alliance’s reach to ensure the loved ones of our fallen service members have access to reliable wellness programs.”

Since 1994, TAPS has offered comprehensive support services to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars and retreats, youth programming, casework assistance and connections to community-based care.  TAPS facilitates online and in-person support groups and offers a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one.

“For more than two decades, TAPS has been a leader in the study and support of individuals impacted by complicated grief and bereavement; building peer-to-peer and other critical programs for individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one,” said Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS. “By joining the esteemed Four Star Alliance, we are advancing yet another opportunity to meet our families where they are and provide them with hopeful healing.”

The Four Star Alliance helps veterans select a trusted therapeutic recreation and wellness program by bestowing the Program of Excellence designation on its member organizations. Each member earns this designation by passing a vetting process conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership that considers fiscal responsibility, use of effective practices and level of satisfaction among those they serve.

For more information, visit FourStarAlliance.org.

About TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


America’s Warrior Partnership and Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families Bring National Resources to Local Veterans

America’s Warrior Partnership and the Alaska Coalition forAlaska Coalition Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) are collaborating on an initiative to empower Alaskan community organizations with national resources and best practices for serving local military veterans, their families and caregivers. Since formalizing their partnership in late 2019, AKCVMF has worked with America’s Warrior Partnership to develop and fund support programs for local veterans, including services responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our signature service model, Community Integration, emphasizes a one-size-fits-one approach that enables local organizations to better connect with both veterans and partnering service providers,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Community Integration program’s success hinges on a local leader who understands the strengths and weaknesses of existing veteran support programs, ensuring that resources are appropriately allocated. AKCVMF is perfectly positioned to fill this role in empowering Alaskan veteran.”

“We connect dozens of veteran-serving organizations across the state, and with the support of America’s Warrior Partnership, we can introduce our coalition to national partners and resources to fill any gaps in local services,” said Magen James, Executive Director of AKCVMF. “Strenghtening our networks of support has already had a positive impact, as we were positioned to provide additional resources to veterans navigating the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Community Integration service model is built around four key pillars:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

Alaskan military veterans, families and caregivers seeking assistance can contact the AKCVMF through the link on our website: akcvmf.org/assistance.html.

About the Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families
The Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) is a network of organizations throughout Alaska that work together to meet the needs of local service members, veterans and their families. AKCVMF’s mission is to educate, inform and help connect this population with services to ensure healthy futures. For more information, visit akcvmf.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


NVBDC WELCOMES THOMAS LOFFREDO AS OUR NEWEST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) senior leadership is the organization’s foundation to accelerate programs, mentorships and increase corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled / Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Thomas Loffredo’s corporate background and rigorous training to earn the Army’s elite U.S. Ranger designation makes him a great addition to the National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board.

Formerly the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement at MetLife, Inc., Thomas was instrumental in transforming the organizational model, contracting structures and service platforms for one of the most significant cost centers in the business with a $400M + annual spend. Early in his career, Thomas worked for Johnson & Johnson, NYSE, among other major corporations while affiliated with niched technology consulting firms.
With over 22 years of experience in Information Technology, technology services, strategic sourcing and procurement, Thomas has negotiated multi-million-dollar contracts with world-class technology corporations and professional services providers.
Thomas is the founder of a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB); Patriot Staffing & Services, LLC, a full-service staffing company that provides customized solutions for resource planning, sourcing/procurement, staff augmentation and vendor management. The National Veteran Business Development Council’s motto is Veterans helping Veterans, and our Advisory Board needs to have representation from Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses to stay current with the issues and concerns within the veteran owned business community.

LOFFREDO COMMISSIONED AS A US ARMY SIGNAL OFFICER, AND EARNED AIRBORNE & RANGER DESIGNATIONS
Being a Ranger is an honor shared by a distinct few. In order to become one, you must pass a series of grueling tests that will push your body and mind to the limit. The Rangers are the most elite large-scale fighting force the Army has to offer.

“It is so important to the NVBDC mission that we appoint our advisors with the right knowledge, a proven track record, and a connection with major corporations to achieve our goals to help our certified Veteran Business Owners. One of our stated objectives for 2020 was to find and appoint U.S. Military Veterans with a strong corporate procurement background to our board and Tom meets those standards.” said Brigadier General (ret) Richard Miller, President, National Veteran Business Development Council.

PLEASE JOIN NATIONAL VETERAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IN WELCOMING THOMAS LOFFREDO TO THE NVBDC ADVISORY BOARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ANNOUNCING TOM


America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership recently launched the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership, the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program, which America’s Warrior Partnership conducts in three phases to assess a local veteran population, develop a program plan tailored to their needs and implement a holistic care program within their community.

“Our assessment found that local veterans seek assistance with housing, applying for benefits, accessing behavioral health support and finding reliable transportation,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We have worked closely with the community over the last year to comprehensively understand these obstacles, and the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership was designed to holistically address them.”

The program empowers veterans to navigate issues at every stage of their post-military lives by focusing on four steps:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

“Since launching the program, we have connected with more than 114 veterans, family members and caregivers living in the Navajo Nation to support them in navigating their benefits and assisting with housing issues,” said Inann Johns of Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “As we continue conducting proactive outreach in the months to come, we look forward to empowering veterans with the support they have earned through their service.”

Navajo Nation veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership by calling 928-910-4225 or visiting AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit wAmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


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This is how we can all show our patriotism. I have always loved America. We have been the Light of the world ever since World War II. We have been the bulwark of liberty, justice and free enterprise. And all the people of the world have looked toward us for hope, inspiration, and as a defender of the oppressed, afflicted, imprisoned, and starving. We have emulated the highest aspirations of the faith most Americans have in a loving, merciful and just Creator. — In my personal effort to participate in keeping America’s Light shining, I chose to serve our nation’s military, veterans, and their families, as well as all US citizens who appreciate them.

In 2004, soon after the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I was living next door to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, loaded with 75,000 warriors. One day, one of them, who lived in my neighborhood and had a family, knocked on my door. While in Iraq his wife had lost her job and by the time he returned, his house had no electricity. She had run out of money but did not want to tell him until he got home. “Sir, he said, as I opened my door, “Do you have any kind of chores or repairs you need to get done?” – That is when I created a free job board for all the residents in my county, San Diego, to post jobs for our local US Marines and Navy, HirePatriots.com.

It has been a tremendous sensation! Tens of thousands of our US Marines and Navy have earned extra income and found lasting friendships with many of the civilians they met. Hire Patriots even received an award for stimulating the local economy. (See Video) PEOPLE Magazine also did a feature about us in their America’s Heroes Among Us. And because of the great human interest stories our free job board creates we are frequently invited to speak on TV and radio, even nationally. (See some HERE.)

Since receiving great national media attention, we now offer to provide a localized and customized Hire Patriots website and job board for free to any community in America. This is a great opportunity for business sponsorship. The advantages of any business doing so is detailed in my Amazon best seller, The Patriotic Business Plan.

In addition to our job boards, we have held many military job fairs on bases here and across the U.S., nine marriage retreats for combat veterans, and assisted car donatein starting over 100 veteran owned businesses that now employ hundreds of other veterans every day.

Providing these great services is a heavy burden on our personal financial resources, so my wife and I founded Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. Our critical source of support has come through our CarDonation2Veterans.com program.

If you have, or know anyone who has, an unwanted vehicle, please consider calling 888-433-6202 anywhere in America.

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NDVets’ Monthly Minute

March has been a tough month for us due to the COVID-19 sweeping the nation.

At NDVets, we took immediate action to insure the health and well-being of our veterans and staff. Based on CDC recommendations, we immediately communicated and encouraged behaviors that help prevent the spread of illness and also provided infection prevention training to our veterans.

We are proud to say that our programs are still open and as of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We also launched an Emergency fundraiser on our website and Facebook page. Our Executive Director Leo Cuadradro was interviewed by ABC7 and KCRW to raise awareness on how COVID-19 is affecting homeless veterans and why we launched an Emergency Fundraiser.

You can find the story broadcasted on ABC7 here.

Homeless veterans face a higher risk of exposure to the Coronavirus sweeping the nation. While we do our very best to keep our facilities open 24/7, COVID-19 has severely impacted our operations.
The money raised will help provide emergency clothing, basic hygiene necessities and additional resources to hire temporary staff since over 20% of our staff has been affected by the school closings.

Donate

In-kind donations

Due to the shortage of basic hygiene necessities, we are actively looking for donations of: 3M face masks, hand sanitizers and plastic gloves (Large and Extra Large).

If you want to make a donation, please contact info@ndvets.org

Donate on our Facebook Fundraiser

Have a Facebook account? Donate on our Facebook COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser!

Sneak peek into April
We continue to adapt to the ongoing changes and will keep you updated of any changes on our social media.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control for the latest Coronavirus information. You can also read about VA’s public health response and how the City of Los Angeles is responding to the Coronavirus.


Mission Roll Call Launches Social Media Campaign for Military Veterans to Connect During COVID-19 Crisis

Crowd-sourced video series will empower veterans to maintain supportive communities as social distancing practices continue

Mission Roll Call today announced the launch of “Be A Leader,” a new crowd-sourced social media video series that will empower veterans, their families and caregivers to virtually connect with each other and share their experiences during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Content shared using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag on social media will highlight stories and advice from veterans to encourage personal growth, optimistic communities and responsible behavior in the months to come.

“With a wealth of experience handling critical and stressful situations in a calm, positive manner, military veterans are ready to lead by example in this time of uncertainty,” said Garrett Cathcart, executive director of Mission Roll Call. “This campaign will give all veterans an opportunity to share how they are checking in on their buddies, entertaining their families, and staying active so others will be inspired to do the same as the nation continues to practice social distancing.”

In addition to videos created and shared by followers of Mission Roll Call’s social media channels, the series will feature insights and words of encouragement from individuals such as Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha, as well as retired NFL player and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.

The “Be A Leader” campaign is an extension of Mission Roll Call’s goal to provide veterans with a platform where they can make their voices heard on the key issues impacting their lives. Mission Roll Call is a program of national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership that has connected with more than 535,000 veterans, family members, caregivers and advocates since launching in 2019.

Veterans and community members who wish to participate can post content and follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag and tagging @MissionRollCall.

About Mission Roll Call

Mission Roll Call is the first-ever movement of its kind — one dedicated to giving every veteran a voice in advocating for the issues that are important to them. The program created a digital community where veterans, their families and caregivers can make their voices heard. Veterans can share their stories through comments on our social media pages and respond to online polls about the most urgent issues facing veteran communities. These messages, views and insights are delivered directly to policymakers and civic leaders with the goal of enacting lasting, positive change.

For more information, visit MissionRollCall.org. Mission Roll Call is a program of America’s Warrior Partnership. America’s Warrior Partnership is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a Platinum Guidestar Seal of Transparency.

Source: America’s Warrior Partnership


Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder, and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES:
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990 by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years, providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit, workingwardrobes.org . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at devonp@workingwardrobes.org or (949) 558-4145.


America’s Warrior Partnership Issues RFP for 2020 Symposium Speakers

America’s Warrior Partnership recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit speakers for its 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The event gathers hundreds of veteran-serving professionals from the private and public sectors to share best practices and connect with resources tailored to empowering military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

“Thousands of professionals have attended our Symposium since it launched in 2014, and one of the reasons many return year after year is to continue learning from speakers who can help them improve the services they offer veterans,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We welcome proposals from experts who can further this mission and encourage attendees to connect with new resources and build new partnerships.”

Speakers from previous Symposiums include renowned author Sebastian Junger, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Hope Unseen founders Scotty and Tiffany Smiley, and Medal of Honor recipients Sal Jiunta and Clint Romesha.

Presentation proposals for the 2020 Symposium should align with one of the following topics:

• Empowered veterans (with a focus on health and wellness)
• Empowered professionals (with a focus on education, business and entrepreneurship)
• Empowered families
• Empowered communities
• Empowered organizations

The submission deadline for all proposals is 5 p.m. EST on May 1, 2020.

For more information on the RFP and to submit a proposal, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/Speaker-RFP.

The 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta from August 25 – 27, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets to this year’s event, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/2020-Symposium.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


Wright Ford Young & Co. Supports Southern California Veterans By Serving as the Title Sponsor of VLI’s Lawyers for Warriors

The Irvine-based accounting firm will donate $10,000 to champion low-income veterans in need of legal assistance.

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces that Wright Ford Young & Co. will serve as the Title Sponsor of Lawyers for Warriors. This annual fundraising event unites veterans, active service members, and other military supporters and advocates to help provide life-changing pro bono legal services for low-income veterans forging new opportunities and futures for themselves and their families.

This sponsorship continues Wright Ford Young and Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. In 2018, Wright Ford Young and Co. sponsored VLI’s American Patriots Ball, a gala honoring and celebrating veteran empowerment and was also the 2019 Lawyers for Warriors Title Sponsor. “We believe in supporting our veterans. We also believe in the importance of pro bono services to help veterans get a hand up, not a hand out. We are honored to support Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors,” said Jeff Myers, CPA and co-managing partner of Wright Ford Young and Co.

“We sincerely thank Wright Ford Young & Co. for their continued support of VLI,” said Antoinette Balta, VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder. “VLI was founded on a simple premise: everyone has a moral obligation to support those who sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom, particularly for those veterans who are struggling the most. Because of generous donations from companies like Wright Ford Young & Co., VLI has helped over 6,000 at-risk and homeless veterans by removing barriers to employment, housing, and healthcare. We appreciate the generous sponsorship and look forward to using those funds to continue to serve veterans in need.”

Lawyers for Warriors 2020 will take place on September 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. To purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction, or become a sponsor, please visit vetslegal.org. The honorees are long time advocates who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes: Attorney of the Year Sherry Bragg from Weintraub Tobin; Law Firm of the Year Umberg Zipser LLP; Community Partner of the Year ProVisors; and Veteran of the Year “The Fab Four” (Bobby McDonald, Steven Spriggs, Chase Wickersham, and Col. Pete Seitz (Ret.)).

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled, and low-income current and former US service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit vetslegal.org

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. is one of the premier Orange County based CPA firms that supports the growth needs of closely held companies, family businesses owners and high net worth individuals. Its employees are passionate about providing audit, tax, estate & trust and business advisory services that are solutions focused and industry specific. Wright Ford Young & Co. has invested over one million dollars since 2007 to serve for the greatest good in our local communities. For more information, please visit cpa-wfy.com

Minority Women Veterans Organization’s 2020 Shero of the Year

Congratulations Keione!

Keione A. Gordon has been selected as Shero of the Year for 2020. Keione has proven to be a real inspiration to female veterans worldwide.

Keione A. Gordon served 6 years in the United States Army Medical Command; she is also a mother of three children, Auzurae 23, Adrian 22, and Kaeden 12.

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Keione A. Gordon SHERO of the Year

During her service she was awarded an ARCOM, AAMs and an MOVSM for her service to soldiers and her surrounding communities. She grew up in a Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, earned an Associate Degree in Allied Health/Medical Assisting and a Bachelor of Art in Healthcare Administration, while caring for her eldest children as a single mother. After a devastating corporate downsize, and the terminal cancer diagnosis of her father, Keione decided to follow in her many of her family’s footsteps before her and join the United States Army.

Keione has always enjoyed working with people and giving back to the community. Prior to the start of her military career, she had been active in church and several college, community, and national organizations, and spent time developing and cultivating those organizations through community involvement, activism and selfless service. She co-founded and served as the first National President of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc., a non- profit 501c3, which allows the service minded military woman to have a true foundation and sisterhood and achieve her highest potential both professionally and personally. Alpha Gamma Xi defines a new sisterhood for military women, one with education, solidarity, philanthropy, cultural diversity and the advancement of Military Women.

She started a walk of faith in 2014 when she and 4 other veteran women decided to ban together and develop Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc. with a goal to be the premier Military Sorority in the World. Since, she has spearheaded the development of initiatives and programs that cater to Service Women, both past and present. She encourages the empowerment of women through membership and embodies a heart for service through her community work and outreach projects.

Her favorite part of this journey has been the ability to focus on the issues that affect many service women. She takes pride in being able to uplift women from all walks of life and lend a hand to those in need; whether it be financially, or emotionally, through programs like SHERO and the SWANS Outreach Program.

When she is not working or serving Alpha Gamma Xi, she enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with her family, who are a very important part of her life and support system. She is a licensed Medical Aesthitician and plans to open a wellness spa center focused on treatments and therapies for those who are looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.

She is many things to many people, but her most important roles in life are Mother and Daughter, though both her parents are now deceased.

“The things I love most in life are my family, my friends and my sorors. Without any one of these, I would not be who I am, I would be incomplete. They keep me grounded and humble but encourage me to reach for the stars. They believe in me even when I am unsure of myself. A constant support that I am blessed to have.”

Source: MWVO


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