L to R: Chris Peck, UPS Vice President of Human Resources;, Sherman Gillums, PVA; Scott Miller, General Manager, Microsoft Federal Services
Paralyzed Veterans of America has announced that it will expand its veteran employment program – PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), through the creation of a PAVE Employment Leadership Council. Thanks to the support of the Leadership Council’s founding members, Rich Brooks, Agility Defense & Government Services; Scott Miller, Microsoft; Stephen Comber, SAIC; and Chris Peck, UPS, the Council will support PAVE’s model for helping all veterans transition to civilian life with economic independence, by helping bring new relationships, networks and ideas to the table.
The PAVE Employment Leadership Council’s founding members are all business leaders who have helped their companies play a leading role in supporting veteran employment. All founding members have worked closely with Paralyzed Veterans to develop the PAVE program since its inception in 2007 and will play an integral part in helping continue to grow the program to provide resources and outreach to all veterans.
“We are proud of the success PAVE has been able to achieve,” said Sherman Gillums, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and Associate Executive Director of Veterans Benefits and the Director of PAVE, for Paralyzed Veterans of America. “With over one million veterans expected to return to civilian life in the coming years, we want to take a program that has worked to place veterans with catastrophic disabilities and use our methodology of veteran-based supported employment to help all veterans, with and without disabilities.”
PAVE provides one-on-one vocational assistance and support to all veterans and their families as well as provides assistance to employers who are committed to hiring veterans.
Through a unique public-private partnership with government and business leaders, Master’s-level certified PAVE counselors work in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers as members of interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams for disabled veterans. PAVE counselors are “partners for life” for the veterans they serve, providing support beyond job placement to ensure success.
“This Leadership council will help the PAVE program grow and engage in every facet of our mission,” said Gillums. “With the help of our Council members, we look forward to being able to help find opportunities and careers for more veterans than ever.”
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