Women Veterans CEO Dee Quaranta, a 20-year Air Force Veteran, said her organization provides services to female veterans and advocates for them because, as she points out, they have different needs from men in uniform. Quaranta said their experiences include rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, resulting in diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension or depression.
“I am seeing the clients that come in — many of them have experienced military sexual trauma, and so they’re dealing with a lot of mental health issues,” she said.
Jacksonville has long been shaped by the military — from the active-duty service members who are stationed in the area to the military personnel who served and have built the second chapter of their life here.
Each year, the Jacksonville Business Journal picks a select few veterans who have had a major impact on the area after hanging up their uniform.
The Veterans of Influence Award acknowledges those who have given back to the community by leading companies, organizing philanthropic projects and using the skills and talents they developed in uniform to make their mark on the First Coast. These honorees make a difference and help set the standard for the rest of Jacksonville’s business community.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees and all current and former-service personnel in Northeast Florida.
Rusty Chandler – Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
Loren Clayman – Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center
Richard Erikson – Sun Tire & Automotive Services
Ann-Marie Knight Fache – Mayo Clinic in Florida
Mario Gonzalez – Navy to Navy Homes
Ted Hewitt – VyStar Credit Union
David Hillegas – Cushman & Wakefield
Kent Lightner – Montoya & Associates
Robert Massey – Jacksonville Symphony
Keith Maynard – Spohrer & Dodd
Joe Padlo – Veterans Elite Services
Quang Pham – Espero Pharmaceuticals
Deloris Quaranta – Northeast Florida Women Veterans
Richard Tryon – University of North Florida
A. Quinton White – Jacksonville University