Award-Winning Veterans Employment Program Opens in Chicago

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Date:  May 23, 2014

Media contact:                   
Lani Poblete for PVA at 202-416-7667
Reed Findlay for Agility at 202-403-8912  

‘Operation PAVE’ Provides Free Job Counseling & Placement Assistance to Chicago Area Veterans and their Families 


The Chicago regional office of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s national employment assistance program—Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) will officially open its doors on May 28. Paralyzed Veterans leaders will join local veterans, VA officials, Chicago area employers, and private sector partner Agility DGS Inc. to launch the new center at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Operation PAVE provides free job counseling and placement assistance to veterans, and their families, and specializes in assisting disabled veterans seeking to reenter the workforce. PAVE counselors also work with local employers committed to hiring veterans to identify qualified employment candidates.

Veterans benefitting from the PAVE program, as well as senior officials from Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Agility DGS will be available for interviews, and giant-sized check representing new funding will be presented at the opening ceremony. 


Sherman Gillums, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Director of the PAVE program, and Associate Executive Director of veterans benefits, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Bill Lawson, U.S. Army veteran, National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Senior leader, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital 
Rich Brooks, U.S. Army veteran, President, Agility DGS Inc. (lead private sector partner)
Davett Jones, U.S. Air Force veteran, and Operation PAVE client
Senior leader, Chicago Chamber of Commerce

WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 10:00 am


Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
5000 South 5th Avenue
Building #128 – Spinal Cord Injury Unit
Multi-purpose room
Hines, IL 60141

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Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s—from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (

In 2013, Paralyzed Veterans’ Operation PAVE program was awarded the Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes program.

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