November 15, 2019 (Gainesville, Fla.)– CareerSource North Central Florida congratulates Disabled Veterans Operational Program (DVOP) Specialist Elijah Hamilton for being recognized with the Veterans Impact Award for outstanding employees working in veterans services.
Elijah was recognized during the October 24 Veterans Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Greater Gainesville Chamber and VyStar Credit Union.
“We are incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifices both Mr. Hamilton and his fellow veterans have given for their country,” said Dr. Jeffrey Tate, CareerSource North Central Florida Board Chair. “We applaud his continued dedication to his fellow Americans through the work he does here at the career center, where he patiently advocates for his participants and serves as a peer, mentor, and guide to veterans seeking to overcome barriers and seek gainful employment.”
“I was just filled with gratitude and honored to hear my name called,” said Elijah, who was informed that he was nominated while trying to recognize another veteran for the award.
Elijah served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant, Indirect Fire Crewman, and Executive Chef during the Vietnam War.
“I grew up in upstate New York around a lot of segregation and violence, and I was a pretty troubled young man,” said Elijah. “I joined the military so I could protect my country, earn a higher education, and gather a sense of who I am as a person. My experience made me want to be a part of the change America needed to assist all of its citizens.”
In 2012 he became the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) at CareerSource North Central Florida. There he helps veteran job seekers overcome significant barriers to employment such as age, income, homelessness, disabilities, or justice-involvement. DVOPs also perform community outreach to veterans and civic organizations to promote services and workshops offered by CareerSource NCFL.
“Elijah is an active and valuable member of the local veterans community and participates on many local boards and committees, where he provides invaluable insight into the needs of our veteran job seekers,” said Vickie VanBuren, CareerSource North Central Florida Board Member and American Legion Post 149 Adjutant. “He’s an asset to our team and his recognition is well-deserved.”
CareerSource North Central Florida career centers offer veterans assistance with creating resumes, conducting job searches, applying for jobs, learning about veteran’s benefits, education and training, and specialized case management for veterans who experience significant barriers to employment. The Veterans Program also conducts outreach to employers to develop employment opportunities for veterans, ensuring that veterans are provided the full range of priority for workforce services. For more information, visit the Veterans Services page on the CareerSource NCFL website.
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CareerSource North Central Florida is a leading public workforce development agency serving Alachua and Bradford counties in North Central Florida. Led by a board of directors comprised of local professionals and business executives, CareerSource NCFL recruits, develops, and expands a competitive talent base supporting better jobs, higher wages, and a thriving business community. Their team of dedicated, full-time business services experts provides employers access to the training and resources they need to grow their employees and business while eliminating barriers for workers to meaningful employment across the region. More information is available at www.careersourcencfl.com.
CareerSource North Central Florida is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. Programs funded by CareerSource NCFL as a grantee of the U.S. Department of Labor. CareerSource North Central Florida is a proud partner of the American Job Center network. This project is supported by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $63,000 with 0% financed from non-governmental sources.