The Fort Myers, Fla.-based Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers (DVIC) nonprofit said it graduated three more disabled veterans earlier this month.
The three graduates — Nelson Acevedo Diaz, Jordan Hess and Paul Dunaway — were awarded Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designations.
Diaz served as a logistics specialist in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart, Ga., from 2003-2006, and was deployed to Iraq in 2004. He also served as a logistics specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico from 2006 to 2010. Diaz was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He is also pursuing a bachelor degree in digital design and graphics at Hodges University.
Hess is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed as a company-level equipment management chief from 2012 to2013, and was an assistant team leader from 2013 to 2015. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Hess also worked as a sales associate with Electra Vapor Inc. in Jacksonville, N.C.
Dunaway is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 as a team leader to train soldiers to maintain technical and tactical proficiency.
“I am so proud of our three recent graduates,” said Gary Bryant, president and CEO of DVIC. “They have each spent the last six months training and working toward the goal of achieving their CISR designation, and they each accomplished that. With their military training and insurance training combined, they have very successful careers ahead of them.”
DVIC was founded in 2011 to educate, train and create meaningful employment opportunities within the insurance industry for disabled veterans. The nonprofit relies on fundraising and donations to sponsor disabled veterans to go through the program.
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