As recently proclaimed by President Obama, our nation recognizes this month of February as African-American History Month. Hence, this is an appropriate time for us to recognize the special contributions and achievements of African Americans who have served our country.
At Veterans Advantage, we regularly nominate as "TopVets" individuals who have served in our military and later risen to the top ranks of their respective of fields of endeavors or professions. We are proud to designate as this month's TopVet, David Casey, a Marine and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health.
CVS Health is the Rhode Island-based, giant Fortune 500 Company and parent company of CVS/pharmacy, the nationwide drug store chain. CVS/pharmacy is a proud supporter of Veterans Advantage and offers exclusive 20% CVS discounts with in-store coupons and a private CVS.com store for our members preloaded with 20% off and free shipping. David Casey has taken a leadership role as well as been an integral team player at CVS executing on this valuable benefit for veterans and their families enrolled in Veterans Advantage.
David always goes the extra yard when it comes to his fellow Vets. In addition to his leadership role in our CVS partnership, he is the leader of CVS Valor, a national employee resource group for CVS colleagues who are either Military Veterans themselves or who are Veteran supporters.
David is also the lead HR executive who has promoted its Veteran hiring initiative at CVS. CVS has committed to hiring veterans and military spouses, including National Guard, for 25 percent of its new hires, which equates to roughly 1,000 jobs over the next four years. Under his leadership, CVS Health has been recognized by Diversity Inc. as one of the Top 10 Companies for Veterans. It also has received the Pro Patria Award from the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for its demonstrated support of the National Guard.
Congratulations David on your TopVet Award! We know you will keep up the outstanding work.
On a more somber note, but in the same spirit of recognizing our African American Veterans during this month, we want to share some news that broke earlier this week. Our Twitter news feed covered the passing of Charlie Sifford, one of golf's greatest. Sifford, who served in World War II, broke the PGA's color barrier as the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. Sifford's New York Times obituary reprinted Lee Trevino's sentiments from The Orlando Sentinel in 2004, "When you look at it, and what he accomplished, and how he stayed in there (in golf), you have to put him in the Jackie Robinson category." Apparently, Tiger Woods has acknowledged that Sifford paved the way for his career. In 2014, Sifford was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We salute Sifford's service to our country and his ground-breaking role for careers in professional golf for those like Tiger Woods, who have come after him.