Honoring and Serving Those Who Serve
Eggleston’s Warrior Bridge is a unique program that assists many veterans who have diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities connect to resources, support, and employment. Many Veterans leave their careers with mental health issues, medical issues, PTSD, and as a result, may face transportation issues, substance abuse problems, and homelessness. Eggleston’s program helps Veterans by creating a bridge between resources and employment. The program may even help a Veteran obtain a disability diagnosis.
Eggleston’s Veterans Services Manager, Tim Giles works one-on-one with each veteran to link services and identify the ideal employment scenario.
“We are proud to serve those who have served. Unfortunately, there are Veterans, especially those who served before September 11, 2001, that may have a series of hardships and fall through the cracks because they aren’t aware of the benefits available to them. I take great pride as a Veteran myself in helping these individuals,” said Tim.
Eggleston’s Warrior Bridge program is proud to partner with Bank of America and Virginia Natural Gas. Their generous support allows Eggleston to continue providing these services for those who have served our great country.
Patrick’s Story of Hope
In 2007, Patrick was a Navy Chief on active duty with 19.5 years of service when he suffered a heart attack and an acquired brain injury. Patrick was then referred to Eggleston’s Brain Injury Services clubhouse program, Beacon House. At Beacon House, Patrick started to rebuild his life and relearn motor and life skills that were lost during the brain injury. He began managing his own finances again and was even able to regain his driver’s license. Beacon House then referred Patrick to Warrior Bridge for help finding employment and for help filing his VA disability claim. After working with Warrior Bridge, Patrick was hired at Chesapeake Square Mall in 2018. In 2020, Patrick contacted the Warrior Bridge program again for help finding employment. The Warrior Bridge program helped Patrick get hired in Eggleston’s Business Services Division, working on refurbishing remote controls for Cox Communications.
Not only does this program assist 100+ veterans with disabilities each year, but Warrior Bridge stays with the Veterans for the long term. It is not uncommon for the program director to work with clients for several weeks, months, or sometimes years. By providing services over a long period, the program prioritizes the quality of services versus the number of services provided.
Recognizing Team Eggleston Veterans
Eggleston is proud to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day and all the men and women (and their families) who have served and sacrificed for this country and our freedoms. Veterans day is celebrated on November 11th since it was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect, essentially ending WWI. In honor of this holiday, the leadership team at Eggleston would like to recognize its employees who are veterans and their contributions that make Eggleston, the community, and the lives of the individuals we serve better.
- Civitan – Donald Malenovitch
- Ingleside Rd – Kanisha Baker, Mary Clark, Dorothy Dobbs, Yancey Figueroa, Chris Hoagland, John Hopkins, Dawn Jackson-Gay, Lethon Jordan, Ernest Kemp, Kevin Lilly, Ronnie Mills, Thomas Warren
- Military Highway – Anthony Brown, Quintrina Gallop, Donnell Grimes, Tom Redinger
- NCMP – Jimmy Meigs, Lonny Talk, Shawn Heckstall
- NSG – Darvin Robinson
- Oceana – Larry Benbenek
- Residential Services – Anthony Bleach, Hazel Lewis, Tamsyn Spence, Darla Steele, Elmer Stratton
- Lavalette Ave – TJ Meltesen, Vaughn Thorpe, Pamela Veale
- Tidewater Drive – Ron Pierce, Robert Ruffins, Ronald Saunders
- VBB – Ilona Croumbles, Tim Giles, Craig Lyons, Dawn Maciag, Patrick Redman, Teslyn Savage, Michael Shackelford
Learn more about Eggleston’s services and ways you can support adults with disabilities across Hampton Roads. Your actions can make a big impact– make a donation, become an everyday hero, volunteer with us, or invite us to speak at your workplace.
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If you would like to learn more about the history of Veterans day please visit: History of Veterans Day