WASHINGTON – Two remarkably compassionate companies which go out of their way to employ veterans will receive Employer of the Year awards from DAV (Disabled American Veterans) at its 92nd National Convention at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 10-13.
ICF International in Fairfax, Va., was selected by DAV as the Outstanding Large Employer of the Year, and HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the Outstanding Small Employer of the Year.
ICF is being recognized for attracting qualified veterans for employment and features disabled veterans in its consumer and personnel recruitment advertising. In 2012, it sponsored a symposium on hiring disabled veterans. It also seeks disabled veteran-owned businesses as contractors, subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.
HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric has 14 veterans and disabled veterans in its 106-person workforce, and 40 percent of its leadership team is also veterans. It seeks veterans for employment and emphasizes veterans in marketing and media. In the past four years, HELP has been a strong supporter of DAV.
“These firms have emphasized that disabled veterans are professional, dedicated employees, who perform superlative work,” said DAV National Commander Larry Polzin. “They look for veterans and disabled veterans to join their workforce because of the outstanding skills they possess, the knowledge they have and the dedication and perseverance they demonstrate as employees.”
“DAV is pleased with the dedication these companies have shown as they work on behalf of veterans,” Polzin said. “They exceed what is expected. Their efforts are based on the deep gratitude they hae for the contributions of disabled veterans.
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose; fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.