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Dr. Douglas Beck (from left), senior vice president and director of corporate development for ICF International, presents a check for $20,000 to Christopher Cheney, national service supervisor of Virginia Disabled American Veterans, as T Clark, recruiting manager for ICF, looks on. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
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Friday, November 8, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) received a financial boost Thursday as veterans were honored during an appreciation ceremony at ICF International.

Also during the event at its Martinsville Operations Center, ICF hosted the DAV Mobile Service Office, which helps veterans access benefits to which they are entitled as a result of their service.

Before presenting a $20,000 check from the company to the DAV, Douglas Beck, senior vice president and director of corporate development, said ICF’s mission is to protect and improve veterans’ quality of life.

As part of that mission, the company decided in 2011 to present annual contributions to charities in three areas: health, environment and veteran related, Beck said. He described those three as areas in which “we do a lot of our work.”

The company’s more than 4,500 employees, including the more than 1,500 in Virginia, were asked to select their favorite charities in those three areas, Beck said.

In addition to the DAV, employees selected the American Cancer Society (health) and the Trust for Public Land (environment), according to Steve Anderson, ICF’s senior director of public affairs.

ICF now gives $20,000 annually to the DAV, according to Beck.

At the DAV’s national convention in August, the organization honored some of its contributors, Beck said. “ICF was privileged and proud to be elected as the big company of the year” to help support the DAV, he said.

Dr. Frank Abramcheck, ICF’s senior vice president and director of consolidated business operations and support services, said the veteran-friendly company was founded by a group of veterans 42 years ago.

“We both employ veterans and serve veterans” through some of ICF’s services, Abramcheck said.

ICF works with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal and state agencies to provide various services to military personnel, veterans and families before, during and after their enlistment, according to company officials.

ICF employees selected the DAV Charitable Service Trust to receive support for several reasons, according to company officials. The DAV and ICF have similar missions; many ICF employees are veterans and care about veteran issues; and many ICF staff work on projects that are focused on veterans and their families.

Christopher Cheney, national service supervisor of the Virginia DAV who accepted ICF’s donation, said ICF has supported veterans for more than 40 years, and the DAV has been doing the same thing since 1920.

The DAV provides various services, including transportation, a homeless initiative, mobile service centers (such as the one in Martinsville) to areas hit by disaster, help for veterans making the transition from the military back to civilian life, and help for veterans as they access their benefits, Cheney said.

Cliff Roop, a veterans resource specialist, said the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (through the Department of Veterans Services) began in 2008 to help veterans combat stress and related illnesses. It has since expanded those services to everything from helping someone get a copy of his discharge papers to filing claims for various services.

Roop said the organization also helps veterans access benefits for health care and education. Those support services are offered to veterans as well as their families, he said.


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