Ohio Valley Goodwill was pleased to be the host location for the 2019 Distinguished Veteran Alumni Awards luncheon sponsored by the organization’s Volunteer Service Guild on Thursday, November 14th. The annual event is held to honor military veterans served by the organization as well as veterans who are part of the Goodwill team; both staff and volunteers. For the past four years, a deserving veteran has been singled out for award recognition during the annual event in acknowledgement of the veteran’s personal achievements and success. This year’s very deserving award recipient is David DuBois. WCPO Channel 9 was also on hand to cover the momentous occasion. Please read more about David’s personal story below:
David DuBois grew up in the West End. He joined the army after 9/11 and was one of the first boots on the ground in Iraq. His company endured constant mortar fire, was ambushed by the enemy, and survived several IED explosions.
Once home, due in part to injuries suffered in Iraq, David found himself homeless for 4 years. David enrolled in Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Homeless Veterans Program (HVRP). David fought hard and turned his life around. David DuBois now has a home, a full-time job, and a brand-new bride.
Please join us as we honor David DuBois for not only courageously serving his country in Iraq but for overcoming incredible obstacles back home where he now provides for his family and gives back to his community. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s mission for more than a century has been to help people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to obtain jobs in the Greater Cincinnati community and attain personal success. Last year alone, the organization served more than 3500 people and assisted 907 to get jobs. Stories like David’s inspire our on-going commitment towards our mission of service.
We salute Mr. DuBois on his personal achievements and success and thank our Service Guild for their generosity in hosting this important annual Veterans luncheon event. We also appreciate the coverage of WCPO of this important story. To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services for military veterans and others struggling with homelessness, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. We honor our military veterans today and everyday and thank the larger community for their on-going support which makes our mission possible.