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Mayor Leffingwell Supports Veterans

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Joe

Youtube video of interview for Library of Congress Veterans History Project: http://youtu.be/3o5sz2kRagU
After graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering, Lee joined the US Navy and began training as a US Navy aviator. Upon the completion of his active duty, Lee continued his service in the US Naval Reserves and retired with the rank of Commander.

During his military career, decorations and awards included the Republic of Vietnam Campaign with 1960 device, the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Naval Reserve Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

The support of Veterans and active military personnel has been a focus of Lee’s time as an Austin City Council member and as Mayor from day one and has resulted in being recognized as leader in the nation.

City and personal Veteran priorities, successes and awards include:

The recommendation and implementation of the City of Austin Veterans Service Office. Austin was the first city in the nation to add a full-time Veterans Affairs Consultant and establish such a department to serve its employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves.

Receipt of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award represents the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

A Five Star Rating from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for exceeding the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

The formation of Operation Outreach in conjunction with Central Texas Red Cross and multiple State, Federal and local government entities, as well as nonprofits, working to provide support for women veterans.

The establishment of the Veterans Resource Center in conjunction with WorkForce Solutions, Central Texas Red Cross and a host of governmental and nonprofit veteran support agencies. It is a community coordinated one stop shop for veteran services.

Honorary Board Member of Honor Flight Austin, an all volunteer organization with a mission to transport all WWII Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties veterans from Austin to Washington,

D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices and return them home to their families and loved ones.

The establishment of the City of Austin Veterans Small Business Seminars, conducted every six months to highlight loan options and business strategies for Veterans desiring to go into business.

City of Austin Employee Adoption of the 36th Infantry Personnel deployed to Afghanistan resulting in the delivery of hundreds of “care packages” from City of Austin employees.

Disabled Veterans National Commanders Award as Outstanding Employer of the Year for efforts in providing employment opportunities to disabled Veterans.

Disabled Veterans of Texas Large Employer of the Year Award for excellence in providing employment opportunities to disabled Veterans in Texas.

Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Large Employer of the Year Award for practices related to the hiring of Veterans.


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