William Glover Recognized as 2021 Veteran of the Year for the 40th Senate District

December 20, 2021

SAN DIEGO – Senator Ben Hueso today announced that he has selected San Diego resident William “Bill” Glover as 2021 Veteran of the Year for the 40th Senate District.

“Bill Glover truly fulfills the promise of ‘no man left behind,’” said Sen. Hueso. “He has spent most of his life taking care of his fellow soldiers – while in the service, as well as afterward, providing them with the necessary resources and connections to transition back to civilian life.”

 

At the ripe, young age of 86, Bill Glover, a 100-percent service-connected disabled veteran, finds himself still helping other veterans every day. As CEO of The Consolidated Rehab Group, Inc. (TCRG), a corporation built around helping veterans transition from active duty to pursuing their dreams in the civilian world, Mr. Glover oversees and administrates a workforce composed of 15- to 20-percent veterans under contracts with the Veteran’s Administration.

TCRG is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and is the largest coalition of proven and experienced VA Chapter 31 and 36 specific vocational rehabilitation contract providers in the nation. This team is contracted with the Veteran’s Administration to help veterans get help with their resumes, education, career assessment and counseling, and employment. To date, this collaborative effort has helped to find jobs and direct educational opportunities for over 45,000 veterans, servicemembers and their families since 2017.

This venture is just the latest of a long list of contributions given to and accolades received from the veteran community. First Lieutenant Glover USMC (Retired) served on active duty from December 8, 1953 to August 31, 1973, receiving a field advancement during his time in Vietnam. His assignments led to him being the first black Staff Non Commissioned Officer in many of his units.

After retiring, Bill began work with the San Diego Veterans Administration in June 1974, retiring in Jan 1997. During those 23 years he held numerous positions, where he provided educational and employment services to veterans. He assisted in providing training for the DVOP (Disabled Veterans Outreach Program) to develop on-job-training and apprenticeship positions for unemployed veterans. He was recognized by Rear Admiral Schriefer, Department of the Navy for this work.

Bill obtained a BS Behavioral Science degree and a Business Administration MA degree with emphasis in Human Services Management in January 1983. He was selected as a Counseling Psychologist for the Disabled Transition Assistance Program, and Manager of VA contractors, providing counseling and rehabilitation services to numerous service-connected disabled veterans while in this capacity. He was instrumental in completely redesigning the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to improve efficiencies and outcomes.

Bill was one of fifteen people selected to serve on the VR&C Design Team, a group that traveled around the country bi-weekly for one year, collecting and analyzing data that would help disabled veterans achieve independent life skills and employment. The collected data was provide to members of Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and heads of service organizations, recommending improvements in the methods of providing services to our disable veterans.

Bill is still an active participating member of VVSD Homeless Stand Down, an active member of the Montford Point Marine Association and the Southern California Sergeants Major Association, DAV, and the American Legion FRA. He receives deep admiration from many spouses of deceased veterans, whom he has assisted in receiving their Veterans Administration benefits and with their family affairs. He is seen as an honest, dependable, and trustworthy individual who maintains the confidentiality of the affairs of those he helps.

Sen. Hueso’s office announced the call for nominations in November 2021 as a way to honor all the selfless contributions of veterans and service members to our community. Nominees were eligible if they reside in, or have significantly contributed to, the 40th Senate District; and have served in the US military on active duty or reserves for any length of time, in any location.

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