Honoring and Protecting our Nation’s Veterans

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November 11, 2014

Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak joins MAXIMUS President Bruce Caswell on the National Mall for the 2014 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk on November 8, 2014.

Today we celebrate all veterans and their service to our country. Armistice Day was initially proclaimed following World War I. Though WWI may have officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the fighting in fact ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which we now celebrate as Veterans Day.

While we may pay tribute to our veterans on November 11 each year, many organizations honor and protect veterans every day, year in, and year out. Organizations like Paralyzed Veterans of America and U.S. VETS provide a variety of services to those that served our country. And we at the MAXIMUS Foundation are honored to support them in turn.

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease by supporting research, educational programs and other initiatives that unite people and activities toward a single mission: improved quality of life. The MAXIMUS Foundation grant allows Paralyzed Veterans of America to invest in the development of new treatments and cures for spinal cord injury/dysfunction, fight for quality health care and benefits for all veterans, and advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

U.S. VETS is the largest veteran-specific non-profit housing and service provider in the country. U.S. VETS is dedicated to ensuring that no man or woman who has worn the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces is homeless through a seamless continuum of services designed to prepare them to live independently in the community. U.S. VETS has engaged more than 110,000 veterans through outreach services, provided residential services to more than 40,000 veterans, and placed more than 11,000 veterans into jobs. The MAXIMUS Foundation grant supports innovative housing and employment programs.

With the influx of returning servicemen and women from Afghanistan, the need is greater than ever.

MAXIMUS recognizes the significant contribution veterans bring to the workforce through their unique skillsets and experiences. MAXIMUS is making a strong effort to incorporate more veterans into the workforce through the Disabled and Veterans Inclusion Program (DVIP). DVIP streamlines access to jobs for veterans through strategic outreach and coordination with community organizations.

Bryan Acton, an outreach specialist for DVIP, worked with a naval veteran who had been unemployed for nine months. “In doing our strategic outreach, I ran into him. He called me on the phone several times and provided the rundown of his employment difficulties so it was nice to be able to facilitate his search by talking with recruiters to get him through the red tape and directly screened. Within a couple of days he was interviewed and received an offer from MAXIMUS the next week. After he was offered the job, he called and thanked me. It was uplifting.”

Bryan, a veteran himself, manages the MAXIMUS Veterans and Disability Outreach Group on LinkedIn which connects veterans and employers as well as offers many informative articles. Connect with the group to remain updated on many different initiatives.

MAXIMUS is proud to support organizations and programs dedicated to serving veterans and their families throughout the year and applaud their achievements.

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