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DRI Foundation Accepting Applications For Veterans Outreach Scholarship

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Training for business continuity, disaster recovery careers offered to military service members

New York – June 14 – The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation is accepting applications for an industry-first “giving-back” scholarship program to active duty or recently separated military veterans.

“As an Air Force veteran, I know exactly what it’s like to have a lot of ambiguity about what my next career step was going to be,” said Larry Chase, Co-Chair of the DRI Foundation Veterans Outreach Program Committee. “We wanted not only to help, guide and mentor, but to create opportunities for veterans as they come out of military service and into the public and private sectors.”

Scholarships are open to recently separated and soon-to-separate military veterans and include, at no cost to qualified candidates, admission to a DRI International business continuity educational course, all course materials, qualifying examination, and all application fees. As the leading business continuity training organization worldwide, DRI has more than 15,000 certified professionals in over 100 countries.

The current round of applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017. This will be the second group of veterans to receive scholarships from the DRI Foundation.

“One of the major challenges is being able to take all the military experience you have and package it in a way civilians understand it,” said Florence Moss, a certified graduate of the DRI Veterans Outreach Program. “I had to rebuild my confidence as I was reintegrating. Completing my certification was a light for me. And I’m truly thankful for it. Having an international organization that validates what I’ve already accomplished shows organizations that I have those tools.”

The DRI Foundation is incorporating the scholarship into its summer giving agenda with a Fund-A-Vet online fundraiser via Crowdrise. With the help of its donors, the goal is to reach or exceed $4,000 (the cost of a DRI course and materials) by July 4, 2017. Donors can support the fundraiser at: www.crowdrise.com/veteransoutreachprogram/fundraiser/drifoundation

“We are delighted with the positive response to the Foundation’s Veterans Outreach Program,” said AnneMarie Staley, DRI Foundation Chair. “The resilience community recognizes the tremendous value that service members bring with them through their military experience, and we want to bring them into this career field for which they are a perfect fit, but with which they may not be familiar.”

For additional information, visit: thedrifoundation.org/what-we-do/veterans-outreach-program

About the DRI Foundation:

The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation’s vision is to promote ‘Resilient Communities Worldwide’. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and recover stronger. The Foundation focuses on sustainable resilience activities over immediate relief with the goal of empowering communities to help themselves. It pursues its vision by promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education and aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism.

About DRI International:

A recognized expert resource, DRI acts in an advisory capacity to organizations and government institutions worldwide, helping to create professional standards and promote greater resilience. DRI is a member of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR) Private Sector ARISE Initiative on disaster risk reduction, an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, an IRCA Approved Training Partner, and International Organization Liaison Observer to ISO/TC 292 for standardization in the field of security to enhance the safety and resilience of society.