First Lady Challenges Florida Companies to Hire More Veterans
Monday, November 25, 2013
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law
On November 14, 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama attended and spoke at the first Veterans Institute Workshop, held at Disney World. This event encouraged companies from across the country to hire, train and support our nation’s military service members and their families as they transition into civilian life, according to the Orlando Sentinel. At the Veterans Institute Workshop, Mrs. Obama spoke about the local and national companies, such as Walmart, AT&T and Disney, that have pledged to hire thousands of veterans. She suggested small and medium size businesses should follow this example. According to the Orlando Sentinel, around 400 representatives from local and national companies were in attendance. Click here to read the Orlando Sentinel article.Let me note with pride that The Health Law Firm is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise, designated by both the State of Florida and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).Mrs. Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative Supports Veterans in the Workforce. Mrs. Obama congratulated the attendees of the Veterans Institute Workshop through a press release on the Joining Forces website. Joining Forces is an initiative started by Mrs. Obama. It is aimed at helping military veterans re-enter private life. Since launching two years ago, companies across the U.S. have answered the call to support military communities by hiring more than 380,000 veterans and military spouses. Click here to read the press release from Joining Forces on the Veterans Institute Workshop. Florida Working to Provide Economic Opportunities to Veterans.In 2008, the state of Florida created the “Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity Act.” This Act was instituted to rectify the economic disadvantages of service veterans, who made sacrifices on behalf of the country. Through this program, Florida offers economic opportunities for service-disabled veteran businesses, such as The Health Law Firm.The Health Law Firm is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business.The Health Law Firm has been certified and approved as a Minority, Women & Service-Disabled Veteran Certified Business Enterprise by the Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD). The Health Law Firm’s President and Managing Partner, George F. Indest III, is a former naval aviator. Mr. Indest served as a Navy JAG Corps officer.This state certification is Florida's premier stamp of approval for minority, women, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises. It is widely accepted across the State of Florida in the private sector as well as cities, counties, school districts, hospitals, and other governmental entities.The certification of The Health Law Firm as a Minority, Women & Service-Disabled Veteran Certified Business Enterprise, grants the firm preferred status when submitting bids for contracts. The Health Law Firm will also receive a first tier referral from the State of Florida, which means the firm is part of the first tier of businesses referred to state agencies seeking to include supplier diversity as a part of their purchase order and contract opportunities. Additionally, as a Minority, Women & Service-Disabled Veteran Certified Business Enterprise, The Health Law Firm can partner with other businesses seeking to fulfill minority business requirements as part of their contracting efforts. Click here to view The Health Law Firm’s State of Florida Minority, Women & Service-Disabled Veteran Business Certificate.The Health Law Firm has also been certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This allows The Health Law Firm to participate in Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities with the VA and other federal agencies. To view The Health Law Firm’s certification letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), click here.Contact The Health Law Firm.At the Health Law Firm we provide legal services for all healthcare providers and professionals. The attorneys of The Health Law Firm provide legal representation to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, CRNAs, pain management doctors, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists and other health providers.We can work with state agencies seeking to include supplier diversity as a part of their purchase order and contract opportunities. The Health Law Firm will also participate in Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities with the VA and other federal agencies. To contact The Health Law Firm, please call (407) 331-6620 or (850) 439-1001 and visit our website at www.TheHealthLawFirm.com.Comments?Why do you think it is important to hire veterans? Does your business plan to hire more veterans in the future? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.Sources:Powers, Scott. “First Lady Tells Companies: Hire Veterans.” Orlando Sentinel. (November 14, 2013). From: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-michelle-obama-disney-world-20131113,0,3313703.storyMorales, Col. Rich. “Disney Hosts the Veterans Institute Workshop to Support Transitioning Service Members and Their Families.” Joining Forces. (November 14, 2013). From: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/11/14/disney-hosts-veterans-institute-workshop-support-transitioning-service-membersAbout the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.Tag Words: veterans, hire veterans, military veterans, hiring military veterans, Joining Forces, veterans jobs, Veterans Institute workshop, military service members, veteran employment opportunities, Joining Forces Initiative, veteran hiring commitments, hiring new veterans, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, SDVOB, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, Veterans First Contracting Program, health law firm, The Health Law Firm
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