Veteran Hero & Extreme Athlete Rob Jones to Speak at Melwood’s 2017 Ability Awards

Melwood’s 2017 Ability Awards

“I applaud the work that Melwod is doing in our region, especially its innovative programs and services that promote job placement, workforce inclusion, and reintegration,” said Marine Corps veteran, Rob Jones.

Celebrated veteran and athlete Rob Jones will be the featured speaker at Melwood’s 2017 Ability Awards Benefit, and three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Peggy Fox will serve as the emcee. The event will be held at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland on December 7, and will recognize leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to helping people with differing abilities soar beyond conventional barriers in the workplace.

Jones, a wounded warrior who recently earned national recognition after completing an impressive 31 marathons over 31 days in 31 different cities on prosthetic legs, will inspire and motivate with his story of resiliency and triumph.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this Melwood celebration,” said Marine Corps veteran, Rob Jones. “As someone who calls Virginia home, I applaud the work that Melwood is doing in our region, especially its innovative programs and services that promote job placement, workforce inclusion, and reintegration.”

For over 50 years, Melwood has provided supportive programming to individuals with differing abilities, allowing them to explore interests, develop skills, and choose a vocation. The Ability Awards honor outstanding individuals, community leaders, corporations and other institutions who share Melwood’s vision of a world where people with differing abilities are fully included.

“Melwood aims to serve as a beacon of hope for dreamers like Rob,” said Cari DeSantis, President & CEO at Melwood. “The Ability Awards celebrate those in our community who enrich the lives of people with differing abilities by focusing on their goals and abilities and helping them reach their potential.”

The 2017 Awards will honor CVS Health with the Corporate Leadership Award for its innovative Abilities in Abundance program, which breaks down employment barriers faced by people with differing abilities. As part of this initiative, they have developed mock CVS Pharmacy stores, allowing individuals to gain retail and…

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