Keynote Speaker Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Honors Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Companies
By Juliette Adams
At the Towers Club, Tyson Corner, VA 60 attendees participated in a celebration that honored companies with a significant percentage of (up to 75% veteran) employees. These veteran majority companies are V3 certified and give prominence to veterans, a neglected group while also highlighting the power of partnerships developed with government, private sector and nongovernmental organizations. The Value of Virginia's Veterans (V3) mission is to educate and train employees throughout Virginia on veterans' employment and to connect companies with veterans in order to maximize organizational productivity and efficiency. It was a well-deserved event as veterans have collectively scarified and served their country. In doing so many have given up traditional opportunities which would allow them to be highly competitive in the mainstream job market. What this event highlighted was the ability to expand business processes though active partnerships with the state.
The event's introduction was given by Howard Lind, Executive Director and President of International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), an association that works nationally and internationally in fragile states providing services ranging from logistics, transportation, legal and financial. In Lind's opening remarks, he reiterated that the event was an expression of V3's appreciation for companies that hired veterans. He further shared that Sergeant John Chapman, a member of the elite Air Force and combat controller, would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat at the White House on August 22. Chapman was selected to receive the honor after he was killed at Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan on March 4, 2002 fighting against militants in a severely wounded condition.
The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Justin E. Fairfax. Mike Miller who introduced Fairfax shared that the Lieutenant Governor continues the tremendous work of making Virginia one of the best states for veterans. Fairfax's persuasive presentation on the upward mobility of Virginia's added incentives for veterans immediately resulted in a commitment of some of the represented companies to register in the V3 program.
In a very interactive presentation, Lt Governor Fairfax commended Mr. Lind for his outstanding work with ISOA in support of veterans and presented him with a plaque from the State of Virginia. He gave an enthusiastic overview of Virginia's economy and the priorities of the bipartisan state assembly. Fairfax shared that state achievements included the passage of a $150 billion dollar budget, a general unemployment percentage of 3.1% with veterans at 2.6%, a triple bond rate, and a $500 million surplus. The state ranks 7th nationally for its veterans population and has experienced the fastest veteran's growth rate since 2010. Fairfax emphasized that support of veterans is the right thing to do.
The celebration concluded with a panel discussion consisting of representatives from V3 companies and the Virginia Chambers of Commerce Foundation. The panel discussed the advantages and challenges of a veteran's inclusive workforce. Panelists reiterated the importance of providing support for veterans when navigating through the employment process. Insights were also given on the differences when working with a majority veteran workforce which include maximizing output, candidness, speed in executing projects, and sensitivity for intervention support under very stressful conditions. In conclusion, it was highlighted that one of their major challenges can be the transition back into civilian life. For more information, on International Stability Operations Association visit: ISOA at https://stability-operations.org and Virginia Values Veterans visit at https://dvsv3.com.
Juliette Adams is the creator of The Frederick Press. She is also a Project Management Consultant specializing in community development initiatives and the author of the Gifted and Magical 95 percent mini-book series. She obtained her Bachelor in Business Administration from Howard University and Masters in Security Policy/Law and Society from American University.