COLD SPRING, Ky. – Reginald Parker of Houston will receive the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Commander’s Award for the 2017 Outstanding Local Veterans Employment Representative July 30 at DAV’s 96th National Convention in New Orleans.
Parker regularly conducts outreach to more than 400 people via a self-built network of employers and veterans service organizations. This enables him to pass on information about candidates and job openings not listed through normal posting channels. In 2016, he participated in 11 career transition workshops where he linked veterans to employers seeking veteran talent. He held eight workshops with partner organizations to train them to better serve the distinctive needs of veterans. These efforts led to 72 veterans being placed in meaningful careers last year, with the highest average starting salary among all veteran employment representatives in the Gulf Coast region.
“Reginald has a clear passion for his work,” said DAV National Commander Dave Riley. “He has built invaluable partnerships and networks in his region that allow him to connect with employers seeking the unique talents of veterans.”
Parker is a Navy veteran and a life member of DAV Chapter 9 in Houston.
“Reginald makes a real difference for disabled veterans looking for work,” said Jeff Hall, DAV National Director of Employment. “He is a staunch advocate for the capabilities veterans bring to the workforce, largely because he’s a veteran himself. We’re very proud of his noble work and honored to recognize what he does.”
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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; providing employment resources to veterans and their spouses; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with nearly 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org