Service. Sacrifice. Honor. Commitment. These are all words you usually associate with active duty military, but they can also be used to describe retired and veteran military and are usually the same words that our nominators use while describing our nominees. Our retirees and veterans continue to answer the call of duty, but the duties come in the form of leadership, volunteerism and dedication to the communities in which they live. Significant contributions each and every day through their work, volunteer and philanthropic efforts. They are committed to service, but do not ask for recognition. They understand and continue to live by the principles of service and selflessness. There are days they serve as the light in someone’s dark, their dedication un-wavering to help make a difference. We truly admire all they do to help our fellow neighbors, friends and community.
Here in Hampton Roads, we are fortunate to enjoy a diversified economy, rooted in the defense industry. Our large military presence keeps our region strong, competitive and growing. Fortunately, many service members and their families choose to remain in, or move to, the Hampton Roads area after leaving military service.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 50% of Veterans reside in 10 states. Virginia was #8 on that list and projected to become #5 by 2027.
Within Virginia, highest numbers of veterans are in Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach is second only to Fairfax County for the highest number of veterans, a statistic which has carried over the years. Other area cities with large number of veterans are Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk.
Not only do these former military members and their families live in Hampton Roads, but they also contribute greatly to our quality of life here and across the country by giving back to our communities.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, over 25% of veterans do some type of volunteer work. A total of 4.8 million volunteers nationwide gave over 800 million hours of service. That equals to $18.9 billion of service contributed.
Thank you for all you do!