183 hardworking, military personnel representing all branches of the military from local commands were honored for their outstanding service at a reception held by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce on April 10 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
Military families and professionals from the business community attended to show their support and appreciation for members of the armed forces community.
Delegate Chris Stolle, a champion of Veteran issues in the VA General Assembly, was the keynote speaker. Stolle has successfully passed legislation to improve Veterans and their spouses’ education, employment and health.
“Virginia is committed to being the most Veteran friendly state in the nation,” said Stolle. “I know that by continuing work with local governments with business leaders like the members of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, on key issues that impact Veterans that we will continue to be the best state for Veterans.”
Stolle discussed the Virginia employment Veterans skills database and how it enables Veterans, as they transition from the military, to go online and enter their skills and translate them into corresponding Civilian skills that they can use on resumes. Virginia Values Veterans (V3 program) mission is to educate the employers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia on the value the Veterans bring to their company and how to connect with those Veterans. Stolle stated, “In the three years since its inception, the V3 program has enrolled 365 member companies throughout Virginia who have hired almost 8,000 veterans.” He added, “If you're company is not currently V3 certified, please make a deeper commitment to our military. It is well worth the effort.”
Michael Camden, Chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Armed Forces Committee and Enrollment Coordinator with Troy University Hampton Roads Global Campus served as the master of ceremonies.
Camden mentioned, “I had the pleasure of meeting one of our honorees after the Military Recognition Reception. As the chair of the Armed Forces Committee, I was curious, so I asked the sailor if she enjoyed the program and asked if she found value in the event. As tears welled up, she told me how honored she was and how grateful she felt towards the entire Hampton Roads community. Her reply solidified that what we do as a Chamber to bring the military and business community together is well worth the effort.”
Thanks to our sponsors: Norfolk Waterside Marriott (Host); City of Norfolk (Gold) USAA (Military Platinum Sponsor); Geico (Military Legacy Partner); USA Living (Silver Sponsor); Bryant & Stratton College, Cavalier Inc., Omni Financial of Virginia, Inc. and Tidewater Community College (Bronze Sponsors); Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (Special Military Program Partner); First Command Financial Planning, Liberty Tax, Regent University, Troy University and Saint Leo University (Military Bronze Partners).