Hewlett-Packard announced this month they would donate a portion of their $495,000 award in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
HP presented a check in the amount of $150,000 to National Adjutant Marc Burgess at the closing ceremonies of the inaugural DAV 5K in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 9. The remaining portion of the contest earnings were also donated to veterans service organizations.
“We are truly appreciative for this generous donation from HP, a company with a notable history of reaching out and giving back to the veterans community,” said Burgess. “We hope this is the beginning of a lasting partnership built around the shared commitment to helping our men and women who served.”
Funding to DAV will help support the organization’s National Service Program, a network of 100 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico that provides free benefits counseling and services to veterans and their families.
“HP has a long history of helping U.S. military veterans through community outreach events, sponsorships and employment opportunities,” said Don Picard, federal healthcare vice president, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “This contribution reinforces our commitment to serving and honoring America’s veterans by ensuring they have direct access to programs, services and innovative solutions to meet their needs.”
HP placed third in the VA’s Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest by creating technology systems that would aid veterans in making appointments for both VA outpatient and ambulatory care from the Veteran Health Administration. The contest challenged the technology industry to also incorporate mobile device compatibility, support for best care practices and the ability to integrate calendars across the VA system.
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.