TWC & Deloitte Partner for Veterans-Focused Impact Day

TWC & Deloitte Partner for Veterans-Focused Impact Day

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Kristin Simonetti
June 09, 2014

The 70th anniversary of D-Day – proved an apt backdrop for the 2014 Deloitte Impact Day hosted by The Washington Center. The event – part of a yearly observance by Deloitte offices around the world – focused on helping U.S. military veterans transition from combat to career and wrapped up with keynote remarks from a World War II veteran who photographed the Allied invasion at Normandy, France. “It takes a village to support our veterans, and that village is here today,” said Deloitte analyst Alex Nesser, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who emceed the event.

 

More than 50 summer students enrolled in the TWC veterans civic engagement project joined about 30 staff from local Deloitte offices in the D.C. area to complete service activities while the many veterans who attended took part in a Deloitte-led career transition workshop. “We believe our students are here to be more than just interns,” TWC President Mike Smith, himself a Navy veteran from the Vietnam War, said in his opening remarks. “We want our students to return to their communities as leaders, and one way we prepare them is through community service projects.”

 

The TWC and Deloitte Impact Day activities included:

 

  • Packing survivor resource kits for the Tragedy Assistance Program for survivors, an organization that supports military families grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Assembling Father's Day gifts for veterans and active-duty soldiers receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Center for Operation Homefront, which provides financial and other assistance to service members and wounded warriors.
  • Training to become guardians for the Honor Flight Network, which brings veterans to the Nation’s Capital to tour the memorials that honor their service and sacrifices.

The Veterans Civic Engagement project has a deeper meaning for many of the summer students who participated in Impact Day. Jackson Raimo, a law and criminal justice student, is a member of the University of Iowa’s Army ROTC program and saw the veterans project as a way to support the organization that’s helping him pursue his degree. A.J. Rojek, a media and communications intern, said his grandfather’s military service inspires his desire to help U.S. service members, especially those returning home with medical and psychological problems, in any way he can. Cheyenne Starcher, a student from the University of West Florida, is married to a marine and says serving fellow military families is a labor of love. “At every place we’ve been stationed, everyone gets together and supports each other, no matter the rank. It’s just what you do,” she said.

 

After a networking lunch, Impact Day attendees enjoyed the recollections of Peter Ruplenas, a veteran of three wars who covered D-Day as a combat photographer. Ruplenas shared many images from his time in World War II and beyond - fitting ending for an emotional day supporting America’s military and their families.

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