Rutland man, Price Chopper awarded

RUTLAND Gov. Jim Douglas hosted the annual Governors Summit on the Employment of People with Disabilities From the Armed Forces to the Workforce; Supporting Veterans with Disabilities and their Employers. The day-long summit, created by the Agency of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab Vermont), raised awareness of the challenges veterans may face as they reenter the workforce, and generated recommendations for the Governor to help ensure veterans with disabilities are fully supported in their efforts to reintegrate into civilian life and to support Vermont employers as they welcome returning vets back into the workforce. Author Lee Woodruff, wife of injured national news reporter Bob Woodruff; Retired Colonel Jack H. Jacobs, Medal of Honor winner and military analyst for MSNBC; Gov. Jim Douglas R-Vt.), U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), were among the highlighted participants at the summit. Douglas presented the following awards from the Governors Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities: Employer Awards Supported Employment Joel Melnick, president, Nathaniel Group Inc., Vergennes, Youth in Transition. Colleen Mollica, Human Resources, VERMED, the Medical Sensor Company, Bellows Falls. Corporate Kevin OBrien--Store Manager, Price Chopper Bennington, Bennington. Corporate Price Chopper, Rutland. Small Business Claude BouchardOwner, Bouchards Expert Automotive Repair, St. Albans. Accommodation Mark Helijas, executive director, Turning Point Club, White River Junction. Design and Accessibility Mark HarviePresident, Omni Medical Systems, Milton. Public Education/Media David Townsend, Small Planet, Inc., Rutland. Governors Award for Outstanding Effort Robert Johnson, CEO, and Evelyn McLean, Human Resources Omega Optical, Inc.

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