UnitedHealth Group and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) co-hosted a symposium to discuss opportunities and challenges of hiring veterans into Virginia's health workforce.
The state of Virginia has established a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program that provides free training and certification for employers in veterans hiring. In a keynote address, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs and retired U.S. Navy Admiral John Harvey stated that Virginia has the fastest growing veteran population in the United States and the largest number of female veterans. He also noted that the V3 program has trained 255 Virginia companies to date.
Symposium participants included leading Virginia health care industry representatives, and state and federal government officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, and the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Services, and a representative from the office of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Other participants included representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Values Veterans, Bon Secours Health System, Quest Diagnostics, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Virginia Health Quality Center, Leidos, Gateway Healthcare Professionals, PVA and UnitedHealthcare.