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VA Announces Partnership With Non-Profit Organization, Leanin.org

VA and Leanin.org Partnership Seeks to Empower Women Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans today announced a partnership with LeanIn.Org, the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to empower women to achieve their ambitions. Building on the successful launch of LeanIn.Org circles within the Department of Defense, VA is following the same model to increase support to women Veterans.

The VA initiative is called the LeanIn.Org Women Veterans’ chapter. The Women Veterans Chapter is comprised of two distinct pilot programs: the Veteran-to-Veteran program, a virtual program, which allows any woman Veteran to participate, no matter where she is located; meetings will be moderated and attended by women Veterans throughout the United States. The second is a face-to-face pilot circle. The face-to-face program is created in partnership with the existing LeanIn.Org chapter in Seattle, WA. This circle is an innovative hybrid of women Veterans and non-military members providing an environment for both to learn and share leadership skills.

“We are thrilled to have LeanIn.Org as our collaborative partner,” said Kayla M. Williams, Director of VA’s Center for Women Veterans. “For many years, women Veterans have expressed to us that they need to have a mechanism to engage with their fellow women Veterans to make a difference in their community and we believe this is the perfect match. VA is pleased to be a part of these two pilot programs.”

“Women are the fastest growing population of our nation’s Veterans and through this Circles program, these women will have the peer support and community they need to reach their goals,” said Ashley Finch, LeanIn.Org, Head of Partnerships. “Leanin.Org is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking and important initiative.”

For more information about the LeanIn.org Women Veterans’ chapter, visit LeanIn.Org/womenvets or http://leaninseattle.org/veterans.

Women Veterans ROCK! Hosts The Region’s First Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat

Women Veterans ROCK! Hosts The Region’s First Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat with our very own AMVETS Diane Zumatto on June 17-19, 2016

On June 17, 2016, The Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat will commence on the beautiful campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA to Engage, Emerge and Empower America’s Women Veterans. This Workforce and Leadership Development Summer Retreat is dedicated to transforming the “Spirit of Military Service” into a post-military “Spirit of Civic, Community & Business Leadership.” The theme of this year’s summer leadership retreat is “Living A Higher Life.”

During the 2016 Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat, transitioning Military Women and Women Veterans will participate in exciting and interactive workshops uniquely designed and presented by the region’s leading women in: Military, Civic, Community, Business and Faith Leadership roles. Participants will engage in “How To” Workshops, Panel Discussions and Round Table Breakout Sessions to practice their new Advocacy, Public Speaking, Negotiating, Power Networking and Civic Leadership Skills.

The Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat features a dynamic and legendary collection of national women leaders. Kicking off the weekend is Paula White of Paula White Ministries who is an international teacher, author, evangelist, inspirational figure, and popular TV personality. Other legendary speakers include: Lee Brazzell, President of The National Association of Women Business Owners, Richmond; Verna Jones, Executive Director of The American Legion – who serves as its first female executive director and first African-American to serve in this role; Diane Zumatto, National Legislative Director of AMVETS; Krysta Jones, Founder & CEO of The Virginia Leadership Institute; Rev. Dr. Helen Stafford Fleming, Founder & Executive Director of the Women Veterans Resources Center of Washington, DC; Gloria Sinclair Miller, Board of Directors at the USO; and Deborah Harmon-Pugh, President of The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation and National Campaign Chair of Women Veterans ROCK!

“The Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat is a stimulating, gender-specific, leadership development environment for today’s transitioning Women Veterans and Military Millennial Women, says Deborah Harmon-Pugh, National Campaign Chair.

The Women Veterans Summer Leadership Retreat will host 300+ Women Veterans, Active Duty Servicewomen, Reservist, National Guard, ROTC Cadets, Military Spouses, Military Moms, and Military Supporters from: PA, DE, NJ, NY, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL. Women Veterans are key decision makers in military families. This is a great opportunity for area recruiters and resource fair vendors to reach women veterans.

This summer leadership weekend retreat is open to all military women. Participants must register online to attend at www.WomenVetsRock.org. Please contact Angel Livas of DC Media Connection, angel@dcmediaconnection.com for media inquiries.

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About Women Veterans ROCK!
“Women Veterans ROCK!” is a Coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations Supporting Women Veterans & Military Families. The Women Veterans ROCK! Advocacy Campaign is sponsored by The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visitWomenVetsRock.org.

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L.A. Awards Luncheon Spotlights Military Veteran Employment Issues

Media Contact:
Emanuela Cariolagian
Emanuela@MomentumSolutionsTeam.com
(323) 644-2111
www.jvsla.org/sb

19th ANNUAL JVS STRICTLY BUSINESS L.A. AWARDS LUNCHEON SPOTLIGHTS MILITARY VETERAN EMPLOYMENT ISSUES; CELEBRATES CORPORATE PARTNERS PUTTING VETERANS TO WORK

JVS partners and donors helped raise nearly $500,000 to support JVS programs

May 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – Military veteran employment issues were front and center at the 19th Annual JVS Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon that took place Thursday, May 12, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as Dan Goldenberg, a highly regarded national advocate for veterans, addressed hundreds of business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs and philanthropists gathered to support a luncheon with a purpose. Award-winning NBC4 broadcaster Fritz Coleman returned for his 4th year as event host.

One of the city’s premiere networking events, JVS Strictly Business highlights the life-changing work of JVSLA, a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to lifting people out of poverty by helping them overcome barriers and challenges to employment. Critical funds raised through Strictly Business help support the life-changing programs of JVS that give its many diverse clients the training, tools and resources they need to become economically self-sufficient.

This year’s event raised over $400,000, with $120,000 of that amount donated during an urgent appeal at the event.

Dan Goldenberg is executive director of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty Endowment, a leading funder of veteran employment-focused organizations nationwide, establishing best practices, promoting veteran hiring, and supporting organizations like JVS that are helping former service members transition into civilian careers.

Since 2009, Activision Blizzard, through the Call of Duty Endowment, has provided more than $18 million in grants to veteran organizations throughout the U.S. These gifts have helped place 22,752 veterans into high-quality careers.

The JVS Veterans First program is a multiple-year recipient of Call of Duty Endowment funding and a partner in the regional effort to place military veterans into high-quality jobs.

In his keynote address that provided insights into the state of veteran employment in L.A. and in the United States, Goldenberg cited a 2015 government report said that young, post-9/11 veterans are three times more likely to be unemployed than the average American, despite the fact that their military skills, experience, and accomplishments are sought after in the civilian job market.

Goldenberg pointed to a schism between statistics presented by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that says veteran unemployment is down and what veterans are actually experiencing regarding civilian employment.

“We know government unemployment numbers are off because our grantees from across the country—that serve upwards of 5,000 veterans each quarter—have seen a 15 percent increase in demand for their employment services compared to this time last year,” said Goldenberg, who has 24 years of active and reserve military service and over a decade of corporate experience. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard Business School and the Air Command and Staff College.

“Something just doesn’t add up when the organizations on the ground are experiencing a significant uptick in demand for their employment services,” Goldenberg said.

Goldenberg said, however, that Call of Duty Endowment grantee partners, all of whom are carefully vetted to assure they are effective in their mission, are reporting tremendous success in their work: the six-month retention rate for vets placed by Call of Duty Endowment grantees is 89 percent, which outpaces the average, and starting salaries of the vets placed by its partners average above $50,000. “Considering that the national average starting salary for new college graduates is $45,000, it’s fair to say our grantees are doing a terrific job,” he said, adding, “JVS is one of the very special organizations we’ve worked with for some time that’s had great impact.”

During the luncheon JVS also honored Universal Protection Service, one of the largest American-owned security services providers, with its Corporate Partnership Award for its significant contributions to a public-private-nonprofit partnership that creates meaningful change in the community. A division of Universal Services of America, the Santa Ana-based company works closely with JVS to put veterans and other job seekers back to work.

A military-friendly employer, Universal Protection Service is committed to offering opportunities to job seekers in underserved communities as well as to hiring veterans who bring unique skills and training to the industry. They are partners in the national 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and locally in Mayor Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative.

Regional Recruiter Richard S. Lopez, Jr., representing the company, said: “The relationship between JVS and Universal Protection Service is grounded in our shared commitment to workforce development. Over the past eight years, we have come together to meet the changing staffing and employment needs throughout the greater Los Angeles Region.”

JVS presented its Inspiration Award to three JVS clients whose successes illustrate the mission of the agency to help lift people out of poverty and over significant barriers to employment. This year’s recipients included Roland Williams, a formerly homeless veteran now employed as an apartment maintenance technician; Deborah Smith, a survivor of domestic violence who now works for Wells Fargo, and James Acosta, a formerly out-of-school and unemployed youth now employed at Starbucks and working toward his high school diploma. A video about the honorees can be viewed here: www.jvsla.org/strictlybizla

In 2016 JVSLA marked a significant transition in its leadership as it installed new Board President Harris Smith and welcomed new CEO Alan S. Levey.

INFO ON JVS LOS ANGELES
JVS is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization celebrating its 85th anniversary of service this year. www.jvsla.org.

AMVETS To Receive $75,000 Donation

We are grateful to the Donald Trump Foundation for its generous donation, as it will provide substantial support to continue our mission and proud history of assisting veterans and their families.

Donations to our organization fund a multitude of programs to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

AMVETS Executive Director, Joe Chenelly, an OIF/OEF Marine Corps Veteran, said Tuesday, “At our core, we are a non-partisan organization, dedicated to fight for veterans and their families.”

Chenelly continued, “We appreciate the generous contribution, as it will help immensely, but we do not support or oppose any political candidate or party. That cannot and will not change.”

AMVETS membership is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves. AMVETS is one of America’s leading veterans service organizations with over 250,000 members. AMVETS (or American Veterans) is a non-partisan veteran service organization (VSO) with numerous programs that serve our veterans, service-members, country and its citizens. Donations of any kind do not imply endorsement to any political campaigns.

Contact/Inquiries: David Gai, National Communications Director, AMVETS
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
DGai@AMVETS.org
301-683-4035
www.AMVETS.org

AMVETS National Commander on VA Secretary’s Remarks

Contact/Inquiries: Kristina Miller
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
KMiller@AMVETS.org
301-683-4038
www.AMVETS.org

Statement from AMVETS National Commander Jim Pidgeon on VA Secretary’s Remarks

The overall experience for veterans, or “customers,” at U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers has been lacking in quality for far too long. AMVETS (American Veterans) is pleased that the VA is working toward the important measurement of customer satisfaction. That metric is central to all private medical care systems, as well at VA.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald’s unfortunate remarks Monday in which he drew a loose comparison between wait times veterans were facing to receive medical care and the lines for rides at Disneyland were not serious enough for the matter at hand. Waiting for VA medical care should not be compared to waiting in line at an amusement park. It is important to continue tracking and reducing wait times for veterans.

That said, this one sentence does not reflect the full context of McDonald’s overall message and the work being done at VA. In the full context, the need to focus on veteran satisfaction is something that can be agreed with by most, if not all, veterans and their families.

McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a deeply partisan era in large part because of his successful business experience in bringing customers what they need and want. While his latest remarks were easy to spin, the fact is Disney is one of many successful business models the VA can look to through its ongoing transformation.

The VA remains focused on industry and businesses’ best practices and efforts to increase access and reduce wait times. The overall experience must be improved, and AMVETS is hopeful the new MyVA efforts and applications of business and industry best practices are positive steps in that direction.

AMVETS is committed to comprehensive transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration to best serve every veteran. AMVETS will continue working with McDonald and the rest of the VA leadership in a collaborative, transparent effort to create an overall positive experience for every VA “customer.”

AMVETS Names Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran Executive Director

Contact/Inquiries: David Gai,
National Communications Director, AMVETS
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706
DGai@AMVETS.org
301-683-4035
www.AMVETS.org

AMVETS Names Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran National Executive Director

Chenelly is a longtime veterans advocate, former military reporter and political advisor

WASHINGTON – AMVETS (American Veterans) has tapped one of the veterans’ community’s top grassroots organizers to take over as national executive director of the nonprofit organization.

Marine Corps combat veteran Joseph R. Chenelly will oversee AMVETS, one of the nation’s largest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, working to better serve veterans of all eras in both Washington, D.C., and in communities nationwide.

Chenelly is a veteran of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, the Horn of Africa and East Timor. After his time in uniform, Chenelly became a veterans’ advocate, a journalist and a political adviser, organizing nationally at the grassroots levels and advising on veterans and military matters.

In his new role, Chenelly is charged with using that experience to inspire and organize AMVETS’ 250,000 members in 1,400 posts to educate the public on the challenges facing those currently serving in the active/guard/reserve components, veterans and their families.

“We are in a very challenging time, one of the most important for the future of veterans health care. We have every confidence that 2016 has the potential to be one of the most decisive, pivotal years in AMVETS history,” said Chenelly.

AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s veterans and citizens alike. AMVETS includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead this great, historic organization in fighting for all of the more than 22 million American Veterans alive today as well as their families,” Chenelly said. “It is a difficult time for America’s warriors, a time when we need to stand together stronger than ever. Every veteran matters. The challenges are serious and far reaching, much needs to be done. I am honored to join a group of such dedicated members – the AMVETS family.”

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Chenelly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in April 2006. He then covered military and veterans matters as a staff writer for Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, and Gannett, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.

Chenelly was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by AOAV in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the frontlines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chenelly served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005 and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C., leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.

He’s also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and a public affairs director for the Department of Navy. Chenelly is an alum of Syracuse University and Central Texas College.

Chenelly resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children. He is on Facebook at fb.com/joe.chenelly and Twitter @jchenelly.

The White House Internship Program and the D.C. Scholars Program

For Immediate Release

Apply: https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships/apply

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND THE D.C. SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONFall 2016 White House Internship ProgramDC Scholars Program

Do you know leaders interested in interning at the White House for the Obama Administration?  Encourage them to apply today for the Fall 2016 White House Internship Program – the final internship opportunity in the Obama Administration.  This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
  • Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship

Every summer since the start of the Obama Administration in 2009, graduating high school seniors from public and charter high schools in the District of Columbia have been invited to apply for a part-time summer internship opportunity at the White House through the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House.

Additional information on both programs, including eligibility requirements, application materials, and internship timelines are available on our website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships/about.

How can you help?

  • Promote the White House Internship Program at your alma mater.  Email internship_info@who.eop.govfor more information.
  • Encourage eligible applicants to apply before the deadline – the final intern application cycle in the Obama Administration!  The Fall 2016 White House Internship Program application cycle closes on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM, EST and the application for the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House closes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.  Application questions should be directed to intern_application@who.eop.govand DCScholar_Info@who.eop.gov.
  • Distribute the attached flyers to potential applicants and other contacts who may be interested in the program.

 

Horizon Goodwill Industries Launches AMVETS Career Center powered by the Call of Duty Endowment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
David Gai
Phone: 301-683-4035
Email: dgai@amvets.org

On Wednesday January 20th, Horizon Goodwill Industries, in partnership with AMVETS (American Veterans), will launch their AMVETS Career Center powered by the Call of Duty Endowment at the Goodwill Resource Center at 100 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Horizon Goodwill Industries (HGI) is proud to be AMVETS’ first non-AMVET partner in this critical resource for our community,” said Catherine Fleming, Director of Mission Services for HGI. “HGI is a perfect fit as a partner with AMVETS for helping veterans. Job seekers of all kinds come to Goodwill® for services every day, including veterans. AMVETS is well-known to men and women who have exited the service. This partnership offers veterans a convenient location to access training and help finding employment.” said Fleming. Up to now, AMVETS, a national veterans’ service organization, one of eight Call of Duty Endowment grantees, has used local AMVETS posts to house their career centers.

“We are proud to be working together with HGI and confident that this partnership will enhance our joint service offerings for this nation’s heroes, especially for the veterans in the Martinsburg area,” said Jim Pidgeon, AMVETS National Commander. By the end of 2016, more than 74,000 veterans will be living in the 4-state region*. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 5.0 percent national unemployment rate for all Americans (16 and over) for December 2015. That same report identified the unemployment rate for veterans in the following age categories; 20-24 at 6.1%, 25-29 at 6.5%, 30-34 at 8.3%, and 35-39 at 6.3%. If these statistics hold true for the 4-state area, that means between 4,000 and 5,000 men and women who have served our country will be without a job.

Goodwill and AMVETS are doing something about that! #puttingheroestowork

“We provide case management, paid work training and job placement services for vets that are also receiving assistance from the VA,” said Fleming. “Both AMVETS and Goodwill are increasing services to veterans resulting in closer partnerships with VA programs. This vital career center partnership is the first of its kind for both of our organizations.”

AMVETS National Commander James D. Pidgeon and Horizon Goodwill Industries CEO John N. McCain will speak at the launch about the partnership and how it will benefit veterans in the 4-state region.

HGI serves people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia and is able to support needs that could otherwise go unmet in local communities. Goodwill’s vison is helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s veterans and citizens alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

*Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Population Projection Model-VetPop2014; statistics for Washington, Allegany, and Garrett County in MD, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties in WV, Winchester City and Frederick county, Warren, Clarke, Page, and Shenandoah counties in VA and Fulton and the southern portion of Franklin counties in PA.

For more information, please visit www.horizongoodwill.org and www.amvets.org. #puttingheroestowork

Defense Department Announces Results of Military Decorations and Awards Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Release No: NR-004-16
January 7, 2016

Today, the Department of Defense announced the results of its year-long review of the military decorations and awards program to ensure continued appropriate recognition of the service, sacrifices, and actions of its service members while maintaining the historical legacy of the awards program.

The department’s review focused on combat and valor recognition utilizing lessons learned over 14 years of combat operations. Among the key changes was:

  • Implementation of new goals and processes to improve timeliness of the Medal of Honor and other valor awards;
  • Standardization of the meaning and use of the “V” device as a valor-only device to ensure unambiguous and distinctive recognition for preeminent acts of combat valor;
  • Creation of a new combat device (e.g., “C” device) to distinctly recognize those service members performing meritoriously under the most arduous combat conditions;
  • Adoption of a common definition of Meritorious Service Under Combat Conditions to determine eligibility for personal combat awards;
  • Introduction of an “R” remote impacts device to recognize service members who use remote technology to directly impact combat operations.

The complete list of changes to the military decorations and awards program can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Military-Decorations-and-Awards-Review-Results.pdf. These changes will be implemented over the next 12 months.

Heroes Vodka Donates $14,000 to AMVETS

Nashville, TN – Dec. 9, 2015 — Nashville-based Heroes Vodka, founded by U.S. Veteran Travis McVey, is donating $14,000 to AMVETS for its 2015 Giveback. The annual donation is an ongoing commitment by the award-winning vodka to give back a portion of every purchase to benefit U.S. Veterans and their families.

McVey dedicates the month of November to American Heroes by traveling to stores and bars that sell his product and personally thanking them for their support. “With 9 gold and silver medals in blind tastings, the vodka sells itself,” says McVey, “but the bars and liquor stores in Middle Tennessee also see value in the giveback to Veterans.” Heroes Vodka is the only local spirit that has a Giveback attached to every purchase.

McVey made personal visits to local establishments to present the annual donation including ACME Feed & Seed, The Palm Restaurant, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, Sperry’s Restaurant, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Tootsie’s Lounge, Corner Pub and Bridgestone Arena. Dignitaries including Nashville Mayor Megan Berry and more than 100 Veterans joined in the festivities. Heroes Vodka is available in nearly 400 accounts in TN, and in hundreds more nationwide. Heroes Vodka will be the main sponsor of the 2015 Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway in conjunction with Tootsie’s Lounge, Rippy’s Bar & Grill, and Honky Tonk Central. In addition to being featured on the VIP Fast Pass, Heroes Vodka will be the preferred pour with specialty drinks to ring in the new year.

McVey is traveling to New York to for the official Giveback presentation of the $14,000 check to the AMVETS National Commander on Dec. 9, 2015 at the Union League Club, located at 38 E. 37th St, New York, NY 10016.

About Heroes Vodka
Heroes Vodka is an award-winning, Veteran-owned premium American vodka. It was first bottled at Buffalo Trace on Veteran’s Day – 11.11.11 – a date that occurs only once in a century and epitomizes the rarity of this event. An all natural gluten- and glycerin-free spirit, Heroes Vodka has received 9 Gold and Silver Medals in national tasting and spirit competitions. Made from 100% American corn, each batch is distilled four times to create an ultra-pure, world-class spirit. The mission of Heroes Vodka is to deliver exceptional taste and superior value to consumers, while honoring Veterans and other American service organizations through charitable contributions. Every purchase of Heroes Vodka supports American Veterans through its Official Giveback Partner AMVETS. Donations are used to to develop community assistance programs for U.S. Veterans, active duty military and their families. To date, Heroes Vodka has donated $34,884 to support America’s military Heroes. HeroesVodka.com

About Travis McVey, Heroes Vodka Founder & U.S. Veteran
Travis McVey is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who proudly served as a Presidential Honor Guard from 1989-1992. An innovative and determined entrepreneur, Travis endured the life-changing tragedy of a good friend dying in combat in the War Against Terror in Afghanistan. The experience paved the way for the production of Heroes Vodka, which donates a portion of every sale to AMVETS, helping to make a difference in the lives of the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country. McVey is a member of NaVOBA (National Veteran-Owned Business Association) and author of “Heroes of the Stage: Country Serving Country.” He serves as a correspondent for Vets on Media and has been a keynote speaker at multiple Veteran advocacy events, including the AMVETS National Convention. McVey currently resides in Nashville, TN.

About R.S. Lipman Company
R.S. Lipman Company is a Nashville-based international supplier of wines, spirits, beers, and mixers. The company’s diverse portfolio includes: Country Club Vodka (established in 1957), Lonely Cow Wines from New Zealand, Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Beers, U.S. Veteran owned Heroes Vodka, Red Eye Bloody Mary Mixes, El Diamante del Cielo Tequilas, Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys, Hidden Jewel California Wines, Saturday Night Red Wine, and the Napa Smith Brewery collection of craft beers. RSLipman.com

About AMVETS
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for Veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and Veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered Veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves. AMVETS.org

For more images from the Heroes Vodka Giveback events in Nashville, please visit our photo gallery found in the link below:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/heroesvodka/sets/72157661992749435