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General Thomas Mills presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell.

General Thomas Mills (Ret) presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell at a gala dinner party.

By Bailey Culp –
On June 11, 2011 Project:  Return To Work Inc. (R2W) President, Rob Brazell, was awarded the Seven Seals Award by Admiral Richard Young and General Thomas Mills at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR). The ESGR Seven Seals Award is presented at the discretion of the ESGR State Chair in recognition of significant individual or organization achievement, in addition to initiative or support that promotes and bolsters the ESGR mission. The Seven Seals Award is the only ESGR award that bridges both employer and volunteer recognition awards programs.  

Honor Guard for this gala event.

Return 2 Work earned the Seven Seals award for its exceptional support of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE), held in May 2011.  R2W partnered with the ESGR program to create the Military and Veterans Employment Expo in order to 1) address unemployment among National Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans, 2) provide training on job hunting skills, and 3) hold a job fair featuring over 75 employers from various cities in Colorado.

 R2W played a significant role throughout the entire Military and Veterans Employment Expo, offering the following services:

  • Registration system, operators, and office support – which were donated by StaffCV, Your Office and Office Evolution;
  • Professional “How to” employment webinars for veterans sponsored by ReadyTalk;
  • A seminar – led by R2W President Rob Brazell – entitled “Career Exploration,” which aimed to help veterans prepare for networking with the various employers who attended the employment expo.

 Numerous volunteers helped to make the employment expo a success. Regarding the tremendous success of MVEE, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “The military and government reached out…the community reached back. This unprecedented collaboration among several military, government and community partners made a huge difference in the lives of many Colorado veterans and their families.”

R2W continues to provide quality metrics to the array of military and government agencies involved in MVEE, while also participating on the central planning committee for the next employment forum to be announced by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Jordan Cole, STEM Intern

Jordan Cole, STEM Intern

Jordan Cole, Student Intern, Job Developer, Employment Specialist, Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE)


Jordan completed a Student Internship at R2W in 2012.  Jordan is a student at the University of Colorado – Boulder and is double majoring in the College of arts and science with psychology and political science. He was inspired by Project: Return To Work to volunteers as a Job Developer and as an Employment Specialist for Military and Veteran Employment EXPOs (MVEE).


Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, Student Intern Technical Support

Rhett Sandal is a sophomore at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado.  He volunteers as an Assistant Job Developer and Assistant Tech Support Specialist for Return2Work.   He is also taking a STEM internship for Mathematical Modeling and Software Engineering at Return2Work (R2W).  He is active in the Robotics and Music field, and likes to help people with their technology problems.



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