Deborah Mullen and her husband Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were the honored guests at the Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region Preview Cocktail Reception this past Wednesday.Â The event’s purpose was to build excitement for the organizationâ€™s 2013 Advocacy Awards Dinner in the spring. The event was hosted by Dinner Chair, Candi Wolff, Citiâ€™s Executive Vice President and Head of Global Government Affairs and held on Citigroupâ€™s Rooftop Terrace in Northwest Washington.
Mrs. Mullen is a leader and dedicated advocate for service members, veterans, military families, and surviving families of the fallen.Â During her remarks, she announced that Holly Petraeus has been selected to receive an Advocacy Award at the Dinner.Â Â Petraeus is a mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and spouse to military service members.Â Currently, PetraeusÂ leads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureauâ€™s Office of Service Member Affairs, which is charged with ensuring that military service members are not victims of abusive financial practices.Â Prior to her current role, Petraeus was former director of the Better Business Bureau Military Line.
Mrs. Mullenâ€™s husband, retired Admiral Mike Mullen, who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007-11 was also in attendance; as were Colonel Michael Coss, retired Rear Admiral Mike Finley, Major General Phillip McGhee and retired Colonel David Sutherland.
The Easter Seals Advocacy Awards Dinner honors leaders in philanthropy and public policy who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to advancing opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs, including veterans and wounded warriors in the Greater Washington-Baltimore Region.
The 2013 Dinner will celebrate the Easter Seals Veterans Employment Program. Since its inception in 2010, the Easter Seals Veterans Employment Program has placed more than 200 veterans in positions with more than 60 companies. Easter Seals has invested close to $300,000 in job training for veterans.
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