Odyssey Logistics &Technology Backs Veterans Employment Drive
Goal is to Place One Vet a Day
DANBURY, CT (May 19, 2015) — Representatives of Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation (Odyssey) joined with business leaders, military officials, veterans and VIPs at the eighth annual Paralyzed Veterans’ Golf Open (PVGO) Monday to advance efforts to help veterans and military caregivers overcome barriers to employment. The 2015 event proceeds are expected to top $400,000 – all of which will go to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), a unique, high-impact program helping veterans and their family members get quality jobs.
“At Odyssey we realize the importance of honoring and supporting our veterans,” said Bob Shellman, Odyssey CEO. “It is a true privilege to be able to support an organization such as Operation PAVE that has proven to make such a significant difference in a growing number of veterans’ lives.”
Operation PAVE differs from traditional job-assistance programs aimed at veterans and family members, offering intense, highly personal and individualized counseling and support. The program is on track to meet its goal of placing at least one veteran, caregiver or family member per day during 2015.
The PVGO, held this year at The Golf Club at Lansdowne outside Washington DC, has raised $2.6 million since its inception in 2008. The tournament dedicates all funds to Operation PAVE and the program’s employment services, which are provided free to all veterans and their family members.
“We thank Odyssey for their support at this important event,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We need leaders like Odyssey in the business community to continue to step up and help us achieve our ambitious veterans’ employment efforts, and help honor those who have served America.”
Operation PAVE provides free one-on-one career assistance, benefits counseling and support to all veterans, their families, and their caregivers. PAVE specializes in assisting disabled veterans seeking to re-enter the workforce. PAVE counselors also work with local and national employers committed to hiring veterans by identifying qualified employment candidates.
“Since 2007, more than 2,500 veterans have received services through the PAVE program. PAVE’S current case load of nearly 700 clients are served by Master’s – level certified rehabilitation counselors and trained employment analysts who are located across the country. To learn more, visit www.operationpave.org.
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, Paralyzed Veterans has 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)
In 2013, Paralyzed Veterans’ Operation PAVE program was awarded the Don Weber Wounded Warrior
Employment Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes program.
Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation (Odyssey), is a global logistics solutions provider with a nearly $2B freight network. Odyssey’s services include international transportation management, intermodal services, trucking services, and managed services and consulting. With operations in North America, Europe and the Far East, Odyssey operates in all modes of transport with TL/LTL trucking, containership, rail, air, and bulk transport including bulk truck, ISO Tank, railcar and tanker, as well as food-grade product lines.
The Odyssey Global Logistics PlatformSM features a transportation management system that supports the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of client products throughout the world. WIN (Web Integrated Network) offers a scalable technology solution with an accelerated deployment and faster time to value.
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