Celebrating a Personal Call to Serve at the Advocacy Awards Dinner

Notes from the President: 

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On May 22, 2018, we will gather to honor the Cohen Veterans Network and General Mark and Mrs. Hollyanne Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army at our Advocacy Awards dinner.

I look forward to this event each year as we celebrate the hopeful, inclusive community created by Easter Seals’ incredible staff, and honor advocates who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to advancing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, including military families. The Advocacy Awards Dinner also brings together leaders in business, government relations, and professional services along with military and government dignitaries to support vital Easter Seals programs and celebrate our collective impact on our community.

MG-Mark-A.-Milley.jpgThis year we are pleased to honor General Mark A. Milley 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army and his wife of 33 years, Hollyanne Milley. General Milley has been in the Army for 35 years. He has led forces in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan, and he served on the operations staff of The Joint Staff as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. General Milley assumed duty as the 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army on August 14, 2015, a position he continues to hold.

Mrs. Milley is a nurse and spent eighteen years working in a hospital setting as a Critical Care Nurse in intensive care units and emergency rooms. For the last 13 years she has specialized in Cardiac Nursing. In addition to serving as an advisor to Easter Seals as a member of our Ambassador Committee, Mrs. Milley volunteers with and advises several organizations including the Red Cross, USO, and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Remote Area Medical in the Appalachian Mountains each summer to tend to those who cannot afford medical care.

MilleyWe will also recognize the Cohen Veterans Network, a non-profit organization created by Steven A. Cohen to serve post- 9/11 veterans and their military families by providing high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care. The Cohen Veterans Network seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans, including those from the National Guard and Reserves, and their families regardless of discharge status. Cohen Veterans Network works to strengthen mental health outcomes and complement existing support to save lives, save families and save futures.

Through a national network of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics, including the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, veterans, their families and the family members of active duty military receive low to no-cost, personalized, and evidence-based mental health care, case management support, and local referrals to deal with other stresses like unemployment, finances, housing, and legal issues. cvn-summit-homepage

Easterseals has been proud to partner with Cohen Veterans Network. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals opened last November and has served nearly 200 veterans and family members to-date.

I would like to thank our Inspiration Sponsor for this event, Transformation Systems, Inc., as well as our Independence Sponsors Booz, Allen, Hamilton; Citi; and OptumServe. In addition, I want to thank our Media Sponsors Washingtonian and Washington Business Journal.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event or purchasing tickets, you can find more information on our website or you can contact our Director of Events, Abby Cikanovich at 301-920-9702 or acikanovich@eseal.org.

I look forward to seeing you on May 22nd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center!

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