Delaware Businesses Honored for Supporting Military and Veteran Talent

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The Joint Military Affairs Committee (JMAC) of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and New Castle County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of the Delaware Warrior Friendly Business Award are Courageous Hearts, LLC and CSC. This honor recognizes businesses’ efforts to support service members, veterans, and their family members through workplace initiatives.

Courageous Hearts, LLC (Under 50 Employees):
Courageous Hearts LLC, a business with locations in Lincoln, Townsend, and Bridgeville, is comprised of a diverse team dedicated to supporting the military community. The team includes several retired and active-duty military spouses, mothers, children, siblings, and veteran employees and interns, with ongoing efforts to enroll and interview new veterans. Courageous Hearts also has a non-profit arm, Compassionate Hearts, that allows military members and their families to receive care.

Specializing in psychotherapy with a unique approach, Courageous Hearts integrates horses into sessions led by licensed mental health professionals and certified equine professionals. With three team members possessing military-specific training and certifications, equine-assisted psychotherapy offers an experiential model to aid in the transition from military service to civilian life, addressing anger management, moral grief, resiliency, communication, and relationship skills. Courageous Hearts also actively participates in state-wide events such as resource and job fairs and is involved with organizations like Delaware Joining Forces, Governor’s Challenge Committee, and has a continually evolving partnership with Dover Air Force Base.

“The Courageous Hearts herd is very honored to accept the Warrior Friendly Business Award. Our work is guided by a team approach and a core belief that everyone has the innate ability to find their own answers. Our duty is to guide service members, much like reins guide a horse, to return with honor,” remarks Elena Fierro-Wise, military coordinator for Courageous Hearts. “Whether they are returning to military work, civilian life, navigating family transitions, or finding their way back to themselves, our herd will be there. Our clients, co-workers, spouses, parents, siblings, and children have all selflessly signed that dotted line. We continue to honor our military community by pridefully getting up each day and doing what we do. Thank you to our entire military family, known and unknown, here and gone.”

CSC (Over 50 Employees):
CSC is the trusted partner of choice for more than 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than 90% of the 100 Best Global Brands®, and more than 70% of the PEI 300. They are the world’s leading provider of global business administration and compliance solutions, specialized administration services to alternative asset managers across a range of fund strategies, transactions involving capital markets participants in both public and private markets, domain name system management and digital brand and fraud protection, and corporate tax software solutions.

Founded in 1899 and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, CSC prides itself on being privately held and professionally managed for more than 120 years. CSC has office locations and capabilities in more than 140 jurisdictions across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. They are a global company capable of doing business wherever their clients are—and they accomplish that by employing experts in every business they serve.

“At CSC, we recognize that the experience and perspective that active service members, military veterans, and their families bring are invaluable assets—fostering a culture of collaboration, respect, and diversity. We’re honored to be recognized with the 2024 Warrior Friendly Business Award,” says Shana Hilliard, diversity and belonging program leader at CSC. “We’re committed to creating an environment of belonging, that not only acknowledges the sacrifices that these individuals have made, but also provides support, resources, and opportunities for their continued growth and success. I’d like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the military veterans within our organization. Thank you for your service and the lasting impact you have on the organization. Your unique skills, resilience, and leadership qualities, honed through military service and experience, contribute greatly to the success of CSC.”

The honorees will be recognized at the JMAC’s State of the Guard Address on Friday, February 23, which includes the annual State of the Guard briefing to the community on current missions, operations, and people of the Delaware National Guard.

Event Details:
State of the Guard presented by the Joint Military Affairs Committee
Friday, February 23, 2024
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Delaware Air National Guard 166th Airlift Wing
2600 Spruance Drive, New Castle, DE 19720

MEDIA: For security reasons, members of the press must RSVP and provide date of birth and driver’s license number to Regina Donato before February 14: [email protected].

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