American Legion Veterans Employment and Education Commission Chairman James Oxford presents Jerome Billups of Fargo, N.D., the Employment of Local Office Award at the 98th National Convention in Cincinnati. Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion

Legion announces employment excellence awards

The American Legion’s Veterans Employment and Education Commission announced the 2015 national award winners for excellence in veterans’ employment during the Legion’s 98th National Convention in Cincinnati.

The annual awards program was established in 1947 and recognizes companies and individuals that support and employ veterans throughout the country for each calendar year. Two of this year’s awards, Employer of Veterans Award in the large company category and the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist of the Year, were presented Aug. 31 at convention.

Employer of Veterans Awards (Small)

Operation: Job Ready Veterans, Indianapolis

Employer of Veterans Award (Medium)

Stresscon Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Employer of Veterans Award (Large)

New York Shipping Association, Inc., Edison, N.J.

Employer of Older Workers Award

First Transit, Houston

Enhance the Lives of the Disabled Award

Outdoor Freedom Network, Broaddus, Texas

Local Veterans’ Employment Representative of the Year

Nancy Brown, Wausau, Wis.

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist of the Year

Dwight A. Butler, Fayetteville, N.C.

Employment of Local Office Award

Fargo Customer Service Office, Fargo, N.D.

Homeless Veterans Outreach Award

George Walker, Department of Georgia, Savannah, Ga.