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Virginia Employers Honored For Their Commitment To Hiring Veterans And Military Spouses , 7th Annual Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Awards Presented at Virginia Veterans and Military Affairs Conference

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Kathleen Jabs and other state officials today recognized businesses and government agencies for their commitment to hiring Virginia’s veterans and military spouses at the Virginia Veterans and Military Affairs Conference, hosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

More than 900 businesses, state and local government agencies, and educational institutions are part of the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program. These employers have hired more than 51,000 veterans since the program’s inception in 2012.  Part of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), the V3 Program helps employers develop and implement long-term strategies and nationally-recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans.

“Virginia is home to one of the largest veteran populations and has more veterans per capita in our labor force than any other state in America,” said Deputy Secretary Jabs. “V3 is a true public-private partnership with a proven track record in helping employers to recruit, hire and retain veterans in our civilian workforce. Under the leadership of Governor Northam, our charge is to continue efforts to make Virginia the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation. Creating economic opportunities for our veterans and their families is a key part of that mission.”

Deputy Secretary Jabs was joined by DVS Acting Commissioner Steven Combs, DVS Deputy Commissioner Annie Walker, and V3 Program Manager Ross Koenig in presenting a series of special achievement awards at the 7th Annual V3 Award Luncheon, which was part of the conference.

“Helping our V3 partners capitalize on the skills, experience, and work ethic of our veterans is a primary goal of the V3 Program,” said DVS Acting Commissioner Combs. “It is an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity to recognize the V3 Certified Partners here today for their leadership in seeking and hiring veterans to serve as an integral part of their workforce.”

“Today’s conference brought together leaders from across the Commonwealth who are committed to filling Virginia’s growing workforce demands with two of our greatest resources – our highly skilled veterans and our military spouses,” said DVS Deputy Commissioner Walker. “Our thanks to the Virginia Chamber and the Virginia Chamber Foundation for their partnership and commitment in encouraging member businesses to hire Virginia veterans and military spouses and to participate in the V3 Program.”

In recognition for their significant commitment in the hiring of Virginia veterans and military spouses, V3 Certified Employers were presented with awards in thirteen categories. The 2019 V3 Award winners are:

Governor’s Awards

(total number of veterans hired in calendar year 2018, based on employer size)

 

  • Small Stratascorp, LLC, Virginia Beach, 44 hires
  • Medium Shipyard Staffing, LLC, Newport News, 204 hires
  • Large CTR Corporation, Newport News, 253 hires
  • Enterprise CACI International, Inc., Arlington, 1077 hires

 

V3 Triumph Award                                  

(most transformative hiring process)

Smithfield Foods                                                       Smithfield

 

V3 Readiness Award

(best workforce readiness initiative)

Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, Inc.                       Arlington & Norfolk

 

V3 Impact Awards

(most positive and long-lasting community impact)  

  • Small (1-51 employees) Prism, Inc.                                    Reston
  • Enterprise (1000+ employees) Smithfield Foods       Smithfield

 

V3 Influencer Award

(best veteran marketing strategy)

Praescient Analytics                                      Alexandria

 

V3 Locality Award

(Virginia locality demonstrating innovation and support of veteran employment)

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office          Chesterfield

 

V3 Trailblazer Award

(demonstrated leadership in innovation and support for hiring veterans)

City of Richmond                                          Richmond

 

V3 Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Award

(state agency demonstrating innovation in support of and commitment to hiring veterans)

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice    Richmond

 

V3 Military Spouse Award

(inaugural award for employer reporting greatest number of military spouses hired January-June 2019)

Medical Temporaries, Inc., Virginia Beach,  41 hires

 

Photographs of all award winners may be found here.

About the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program

Created in 2012, the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) is a program of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Veterans Services. Its mission is to help employers understand, design and implement nationally-recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining military veteran employees and spouses. For more information, please visit www.dvsV3.com.

 About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 operating locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  DVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans.  Today, DVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.