ORLANDO, Fla. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has awarded Nancy Brown the DAV National Commander’s Award for 2022 Outstanding Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist. Brown, of Wausau, Wisconsin, will be formally recognized Aug. 7 during the 2022 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

A Navy veteran, Brown is a veterans employment services specialist with Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. In this role, she connects those who served with employers across nine counties in the north-central part of the state.

“[Nancy] is very passionate about helping the veterans that come to see her,” said Derek Jablonicky, her supervisor. “She treats each one with respect and compassion no matter what the situation they bring to her.”

Jablonicky said Brown has fostered relationships over the years with local employers by educating them on the merits of hiring disabled veterans. In the past year, she’s case-managed 39 veterans with significant barriers to employment, helping 31 of them find meaningful employment.

Even if a veteran doesn’t qualify for Brown’s program, Jablonicky said that she will still do what she can to help, whether helping them obtain food, assisting with referrals to Department of Veterans Affairs health care or providing housing assistance.

“She gives them renewed hope there is something for them,” said Jablonicky. “She always finds ways to encourage her veterans.”

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DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promise to America’s veterans. 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 families, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at DAV.org.