The American Legion honored two North Carolina companies and another in Texas with Employer of the Year awards at its 96th national convention in Charlotte, N.C.
North Carolina Food Service in Fayetteville was recognized for the large-employer category (201-plus workers); L-3 Communications ASD in Fort Bragg, N.C., for medium-sized employers (51-200 workers), and M1 Support Services in Abilene, Texas, for employers with 50 or fewer workers.
The awards, presented by The American Legion’s National Veterans Employment & Education Commission, are given to businesses across the country that have established outstanding records in employing and retaining veterans, workers with disabilities and older members of the work force.
To be eligible for an Employer of the Year Award, nominees must be a private-sector business operating for at least five years, cannot restrict its employment to veterans-only, and must have at least 10 percent of its work force made up of veterans.
Employment Service Awards of the Year were also presented in six categories to the following:
Local Veterans’ Employment Representative: Robert O’Keefe, Columbus, Ohio
Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist: Roy Fillion, Grand Forks, N.D.
Employment Local Office: Brazos Valley Workforce Solutions, Bryan, Texas
Enhance the Lives of the Disabled: Sioux Steel Company, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
Employer of Older Workers: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene
Homeless Veterans Outreach Award: The American Legion Department of Oregon, Eagle Point