WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 20, 2016) - Paralyzed and disabled veterans, professional athletes and leaders from business, government and the armed services took to the fairways today at The Golf Club at Lansdowne to raise funds for Paralyzed Veterans of America's employment program, Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE).
The ninth annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open, hosted by Agility, raised nearly $450,000 for the employment assistance program, which helps disabled veterans overcome employment challenges and find fulfilling careers.
"Veterans, especially veterans with disabilities, face unique challenges and barriers to employment, and PAVE counselors work with veterans to help them face those challenges, and work with employers to remove those barriers. Paralyzed Veterans of America is grateful for the support Agility has given the PAVE program," said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. "Thanks to the awareness this event brings, PAVE continues to expand and help veterans across the country find meaningful employment."
Paralyzed Veterans' PAVE program offers free, high-touch services and individual attention to veterans whose needs typically cannot be met by traditional job training and placement services. PAVE counselors provide one-on-one career assistance, benefits counseling and support to any veteran, family member or caregiver, and also offers assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. Currently, PAVE counselors are working with more than 550 veteran clients to secure career opportunities.
Since its inception in 2007, the annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open has raised $2.7 million for PAVE and helped Paralyzed Veterans offer the support of Master's-level certified rehabilitation counselors and trained analysts located across the United States.
"Every year, this event has built more momentum and excitement, and that has translated into growing impact on the lives of veterans and their families," said Rich Brooks, president of Agility DGS Inc. and a retired Army colonel. "We are especially proud to support PAVE because its approach fills a critical gap and addresses the needs of veterans who require more attention and case work than most other programs are able to offer."
Since 2007, PAVE has provided services to more than 2,800 veterans, caregivers and family members.
Army veteran Jabari Wright, who sustained a spinal cord injury during a motor vehicle accident, participated in today's Golf Open. He has worked closely with the PAVE counselor in Minneapolis to secure employment. Wright currently works as a claims representative for an insurance company in Omaha.
"My PAVE counselor took what I was doing in the military and helped me translate that to meaningful employment in the civilian sector. By providing specialized guidance and support, he helped to empower me, and I feel I can do anything now," said Wright. "I feel confident that I can go to work anywhere and I have employers who are willing to give me an opportunity."
**Pictures from this year's event are available upon request.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)
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Agility's core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility's Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.
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