Veterans and leaders from business, government and the armed services took to the fairways at Trump National Golf Club Washington D.C. on Monday, June 3, 2013, for the sixth annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open, hosted by Agility. The event raised more than $360,000 for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocational rehabilitation services program—Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), which aims to end high unemployment for veterans with disabilities.
“We thank Agility for hosting this event for the sixth straight year, as well as everyone who came out today to support this important effort to get our disabled veterans—and all of our veterans back to work,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country are struggling to find jobs and support their families, and this is simply unacceptable. We urge all employers out there to consider hiring a veteran—it’ll be one of the best decisions you ever make.”
Since its inception in 2008, the annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open, has raised more than $1.8 million for Operation PAVE and helped open new vocational rehabilitation centers in San Antonio, TX, Augusta, GA and Tampa, FL. This year’s funds will provide ongoing support of the Tampa program and help open a new Operation PAVE center at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital in Chicago, IL.
“This annual event is directly helping to open these great Operation PAVE vocational centers that are changing lives,” said Rich Brooks, President of Agility DGS Inc., and a retired Army colonel. “We love serving veterans, and you can just feel the positive energy flowing among the players, sponsors, military, veterans and others participating.”
Operation PAVE assists veterans seeking employment by providing free one-on-one vocational assistance, benefits counseling and support to all veterans and their families, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. The program is currently working with more than 1,600 clients and this number is growing every day. To date, the program has secured careers for close to 500 hard-to-place veterans, and partnered with more than 450 employers including well-known brands such as UPS, SAIC, Walgreens, Best Buy and Microsoft.
Operation PAVE currently has regional offices in located throughout the country to serve all veterans. To learn more, visit www.operationpave.org.