FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Payton Drake
Phone: (804) 819-5151 ext. 54696
Richmond, Va. (May 17, 2019) — For the second year in a row, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) has presented an award to Virginia Premier for its “outstanding commitment” to the hiring of women veterans of the U.S Armed Forces. Of 134 large-size companies nominated for their participation in the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, Virginia Premier was recognized for hiring the most female veterans in 2018: 18.
This prestigious award, established in 2018, was presented during the general session of the 2019 Virginia Women Veterans Summit today in Hampton. The award recognizes the number of women veterans hired by V3 partner companies and organizations during the calendar year 2018. There were four categories based on the number of employees: Enterprise (1000+), Large (301-1000), Medium (51-300), and Small (1-50).
“We’re thrilled to receive this award again and to be counted among so many great companies that share our commitment to hiring military veterans,” said Virginia Premier CEO Linda Hines. “The skills our veterans have gained through their military experience, as well as their dedication to service and leadership, are invaluable to the work we do at Virginia Premier to provide access to affordable health care for those in need.”
The Commonwealth is home to more than 104,000 women veterans, making it the highest percentage of women veterans of any state in the country. Virginia Premier has employed 54 women veterans since 2012.
About Virginia Premier
Virginia Premier’s mission is to inspire healthy living within the communities we serve, especially those in need. We do this through innovation, strategic partnerships, industry-leading healthcare and the power of VCU Health. Founded in 1995 as a Medicaid HMO, Virginia Premier now serves roughly 265,000 members statewide. In addition to Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance exchange plans, Virginia Premier provides third-party administrative services and runs the Virginia Premier Neighborhood Health Center in Roanoke. Virginia Premier is a wholly owned subsidiary of VCU Health.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is a state government agency with more than 40 locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. DVS traces its history to 1928 and the establishment of the Virginia War Service Bureau to assist Virginia’s World War I veterans. Today, DVS assists veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans’ benefits; provides veterans and family members with linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The agency operates two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; provides an honored final resting place for veterans and their families at three state veterans cemeteries. It also oversees the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s tribute to Virginia’s men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.
About the Virginia Values Veterans Program
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) is an innovative program administered by the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) with works with companies and state and local government 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.