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Phoenix Systems International, Inc. (PSI ) is a 100% Certified Woman-Owned . CONNECTIONS Service -Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. PSI strives to be the preferred provider of services in the areas of transportation , construction. and facility maintenance.
We provide services for Department of Defense , Armed Forces , General Services Administration , Federal . State and Local governments nationally. Our services cover the full life-cycle of programs and missions in those areas.The mission of success stems from our commitment to always take the path of the highest ethical behavior : integrity. trust respect and teamwork is how we get the job done.
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SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL INC.
r Woman Owned Small Business - Certified r Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small
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Celestino Almeda, 100, speaks Oct. 25 during a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino veterans of World War II at the U.S. Capitol.
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case,” said Sims. addition to his physical health, but Sims’ “It’s gotten better,” said Danny experiences with the VA left him feeling ;iovNABVETS er Empower McKenzie, a Vietnamng veteran, marginalized and demoralized. He had member and a national service officer heard similar stories from his fellow 10,000; memtiersi o at the Center for Veterans Issues (cvivet.org), African-American veterans, aligning with impact change also based infpositive Milwaukee. “But we still got a the broader discrimination they routinely long ways to go.” oauonauyl faced from society. ocauy; Both of those sentiments are, supported Hoping to help other veterans and gio baliy in a recent study conducted by Veterans understand and obtain the benefits to Affairs and the National Center for Veterans which they were entitled for their service a Analysis and Statistics. to their country, Sims co-founded a group •[ *r 4 f The “Minority Veterans Report,” released in 1969 that today is known as the National in March found that black, Latino, Asian, Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS). Pacific or Native eAmerican Through NABVETS and other Conner Share . ExcelIslander . - I#veterans generally have low awareness of organizations, Sims has worked with which benefits are available to them. They veterans for nearly 50 years. Although face issues including homelessness, the VA has improved since the late 1960s, JOIN OR PARTNER TODAY AT:also WWW.ACADEMYWOMEN.ORG unemployment and chronic diseases, Sims said he has never stopped hearing 888.476.6112 following military service at a higher rate and seeing firsthand the struggles that than their white counterparts. minority veterans encounter — including
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when they need assistance.”
— Barbara Ward, director of the VA’s Center for Minority Veterans
According to the report, almost 23 percent, or about 5 million out of a total 22 million, of veterans in the U.S. were minorities in 2014, the last year studied. Based on population and enlistment trends, the number of minority veterans is expected to rise by 36 percent by 2043, and continue to increase. At 52 percent, African Americans made up the largest group of minority veterans in 2014. Latinos comprise the second largest minority veterans group, at 31 percent of the minority population.
A positive finding is that between 2005 and 2014, the number of minority veterans enrolled in VA health care rose from 1.4 million to 2 million, a 43 percent increase that meant nearly half (46 percent) of all minority veterans were enrolled in VA health care in 2014. While non-minority veteran rates also rose during that time, the growth was significantly slower, just 23.9 percent for the same time frame. “The increase in utilization of one benefit CO N T I N U E D