Veterans

UMA, a North Carolina-based geotechnical contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic Region, announced its newly acquired designations of both Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and North Carolina Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).

On Veterans Day 2019, JCB North America launched its new Veterans Club to recognize and support JCB employees who have served, or who currently serve, in the armed forces. Current JCB employees have served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy, as well as the British and Brazilian armies; together they make up more than 12 percent of the company's more than 700 employees in North America.

Kubota Tractor Corporation announced five new farmer veteran tractor recipients as part of its 2019 "Geared to Give" program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). For the second year, Kubota honored five veterans, adding a fifth veteran last year to represent its newly-created Midwest operating division.

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Leppo Rents, a Bobcat and JLG dealer, displayed a newly wrapped track loader to support Mission 22, an organization that provides psychological services to veterans. The loader will be added to the Leppo Rents rental fleet and a portion of its yearly revenue will be donated.

The Weitz Company and Arizona Department of Veterans' Services celebrated the groundbreaking of a second veteran home in Yuma, Arizona. The two organizations broke ground June 1 on a separate veteran home in Flagstaff, Ariz. Both projects are part of a vision the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services implemented to increase independent and assisted living options to support and care for military veterans throughout Arizona.

Richard Carron has long been a proud veteran of the United States Army. The owner and president of Valley Paving Inc. in Shakopee, Minn., southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Carron served his country in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War. In 2019, his full-service paving and road construction company is celebrating 40 years in business as a veteran-owned establishment.

Veterans of the U.S. military who operated large vehicles as part of their service may qualify for an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division military skills test waiver when applying for a commercial driver license. "The waiver is something that deserves more attention because it gives veterans who've honorably served this country more opportunities to use those skills once they return to civilian life," said Mike Cryderman, MVD field operations administrator.

For its second act of expansion, Arlington National Cemetery plans to grow southward onto property formerly occupied by the Navy Annex. Work there will begin next year, said the cemetery's executive director. Karen Durham-Aguilera spoke before the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies.

On Oct. 29 Gov. Charlie Baker joined Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan; Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders; Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña; House Speaker Robert DeLeo; and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the groundbreaking of the new long-term care facility at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home.

On Oct. 12, Gov. John Carney, Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Delaware's congressional delegation and military and veterans' leaders gathered at Dover Air Force Base to dedicate the bridge over Route 1, between DAFB and base housing, to Elizabeth Loncki, the first Delaware woman killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.