FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anna Obermiller
Phone: (804) 819-5151, ext. 55454
Richmond, Va. (June 15, 2018)— On behalf of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS), former First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, presented an award to Virginia Premier for “demonstrating its outstanding commitment to promoting the hiring of women veterans.” Of 301 large companies (301-1,000 employees) nominated for their participation in the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, Virginia Premier was recognized for hiring the most female veterans.
This is the first year for this prestigious award, which was presented during the general session of the 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Summit today in Alexandria. The award recognizes the number of women military veterans hired by V3 partner companies and organizations since inception of the V3 program in 2012 through March 2018. There were four categories based on the number of employees: Enterprise (1000+), Large (301-1000), Medium (51-300), and Small (1-50).
“We are pleased to receive this award and to know that so many great companies share our commitment to hiring veterans,” said Virginia Premier CEO Linda Hines. “Hiring people who have served our country is not only the right thing to do, but a smart thing, as well. They bring to the civilian workforce a host of sought-after skills, maturity and dedication,” she added.
The Commonwealth is home to more than 100,000 women veterans, making it the highest percentage of female veterans of any state in the country. Virginia Premier has employed 29 women veterans since 2012.
About Virginia Premier
Virginia Premier’s mission is to inspire healthy living within the communities we serve with a focus on those in need. We do this through innovation strategic partnerships, industry-leading health care and the power of VCU Health. Formed in 1995 as a Medicaid HMO, Virginia Premier is the first and only university-based, nonprofit managed care organization in the commonwealth, now serving roughly 220,000 members statewide. In addition to its Medicare and Medicaid plans, Virginia Premier provides third-party administrative services and runs the Virginia Premier Medical Home in Roanoke. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCU Health System. For more information, visit VirginiaPremier.com.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) operates 30 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitative care for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. DVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.
About the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) is an innovative program administered by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) that works with companies and state and local governmental agencies across the Commonwealth to promote the recruitment, hiring, and retention of military veterans in the Virginia workforce. Since its inception in 2012, more than 33,000 veterans have been hired as a result of the efforts of the V3 program and its partner employers. For more information, please visit www.dvsV3.com.