The DRI Foundation hosted a special business continuity training course (BCLE 2000) for Wounded Warriors, the first of its kind, taught at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, on August 13-17. Col. Alan Lake, USAF (Ret.), CBCP, and Co-Chair of the DRI Foundation Veterans Outreach Program (VOP) Committee, taught the course.
“It was an honor teaching these heroes,” said Lake. “They applied the same type of perseverance it took to overcome their injuries to immersing themselves in business continuity and mastering the concepts of what we hope is a useful new skill set and promising career path.”
This course was offered as part of the Veterans Outreach Program, which was created to help qualified veterans transition into civilian careers in the business continuity and resilience fields. Veterans’ military experience has a strong overlap with these careers both in the private and public sectors. The impetus for this training session came from two celebrities, actors Patricia Heaton and Gary Sinise, who are strong advocates for U.S. veterans.
Eleven student veterans (pictured) attended the course – 10 military and one from the Texas Workforce Commission. Also in attendance was Walter Rogers from the Warrior Transition Battalion, who helped the VOP Committee approve and set up the course at Fort Sam Houston. According to Lake, “This was the first or what we hope to be any courses. In fact, Joint Base San Antonio is trying to get approval for DRI to offer and teach courses on the base regularly.”
The DRI Foundation Veterans Outreach Program Scholarship
Through our Veterans Outreach Program, the DRI Foundation established an industry-first “giving-back” scholarship program to active duty or recently separated (within five years) military veterans. The scholarship will include, at no cost to qualified candidates, admission to a DRI International (DRI) business continuity educational course, all course materials, qualifying examination, and all application fees – valued at over $3,000. For more information, visit: https://foundation.drii.org/what-we-do/veterans-outreach-program/