Jim Nicholson was honored with the 2018 President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement by Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The black tie dinner gala and awards ceremony was held in Washington D.C. Nov. 14. He is a former resident of Cherry Hills Village,
The Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of Nicholson’s sustained support of our nation’s veterans and military families. As U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and significantly, as secretary of Veterans Affairs, both in the George W. Bush administration, Nicholson has always been keenly aware of the hardships and sacrifices made by America’s service members and their families and is committed to helping them.
The Hiring Our Heroes program, which he co-founded, facilitates the hiring of veterans and military spouses by private industry. The program has helped more than 30,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.
“The best thing the private sector can do for veterans is to hire them,” said Nicholson. “There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to take care of yourself and your family. And, it’s a great opportunity for employers: young veterans are all volunteers who are self-disciplined, mission-focused, have an excellent esprit de corps, and offer many valuable tangible and intangible skills.”
“I’m proud to be a part of this effort,” he noted.
A graduate of the U.S. Academy at West Point, and an Airborne Ranger and paratrooper, Nicholson led troops in combat during the Vietnam War. After eight years of active duty, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 22 more years, retiring with the rank of colonel.
Nicholson is senior counsel with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a fellow of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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