Don Weber speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's awards ceremony.
(La Crosse, Wis.) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its National Chamber Foundation have honored LHI Founder and CEO Don Weber for his tireless work in support of Veterans, by naming a national wounded warrior employment award after him. The Washington D.C. - based group annually recognizes employers throughout the country through the Hiring Our Heroes awards, now in their second year. The awards celebrate employers who address challenges faced by Veterans, transitioning Service members and military families in their search for meaningful employment.
Last week, the newly-named Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award was presented to VSE Corporation, for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges faced by wounded warriors, their spouses and caregivers. Other nominees included CACI; Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI); and Southwest Airlines. Weber attended the awards ceremony in Washington D.C. to present the award.
Kevin Schmiegel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President, said while this is the second year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given awards for private sector excellence in hiring Veterans and military spouses, this is the first year they have named the Wounded Warrior Award after an individual. "Don Weber is one of the most passionate advocates I know when it comes to supporting Veterans, wounded warriors, and military families. He has walked a mile in their shoes as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam. And now as a successful businessman and CEO of a company he practices what he preaches everyday by hiring these talented men and women. He is a true American patriot,” said Schmiegel.
Weber joined the United States Marine Corps as a young man, served active duty in the Vietnam War, and has received many awards for his distinguished service, among them the Purple Heart and two bronze stars. Weber founded LHI in 1999 with the intention of serving the health care needs of U.S. Veterans, and has worked tirelessly in support of Veterans and their families in numerous ways. He founded Freedom Fest, a regional outdoor concert that raises scholarship money for Veterans who wish to further their education at a school within the University of Wisconsin system. He hosts and sponsors dinners throughout the year which provide meals, clothing and gift cards for homeless Veterans. Weber sponsors the annual Marine Corps Ball in La Crosse, and is a past sponsor of the Freedom Honor Flight, which allows Veterans to visit the monuments erected in their honor at the National Mall in Washington D.C. In addition, Weber spearheaded construction of the Veterans Hall of Honor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex, a place where the public can pay homage to those who have served.