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Honor Our Women Veterans 
Virginia's first Women Veterans Week is March 18-24, 2018. See more.  Save the date for the Virginia Women Veterans Summit on June 14-15. Register now!

Governor Northam Issues Executive Order Number One
Executive Order Number One (2018) addresses equal opportunity in all facets of state government. See more

General Assembly Bill Tracking 
Follow legislation tracked by DHRM during the 2018 General Assembly session.

Follow DHRM on Twitter!
Receive office closings announcements directly and much more! Follow https://twitter.com/VirginiaDHRM.

SHRM Learning System for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP! 
Register now for this class, held every Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. for 12 weeks from March 14 through May 30, 2018.

VMNH Extends Free Admission to Dinosaurs Exhibit
State employees may visit the exhibit at no cost through May 28, 2018. See more.

Credits2Careers Portal
VCCS is offering a new career web portal for current and prospective military and veteran students.  Check out the Credits2Careers site!

VRS Unveils Financial Wellness Tool
Keeping in shape applies to your finances, too.  Find out more tips and tools from VRS.

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Calendar of Events

February 26 - March 30 CommonHealth Fitness Class Schedule, CommonHealth Fitness Center, "S" Level, James Monroe Building

March 19 - 23 DVS Women Veterans Display, James Monroe Lobby, Richmond

March 20 - 8:00 a.m. - V3 Employer Training Seminar, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave

March 21 - 11:00 a.m. - Presentation to Women Veterans, Sitter and Barfoot Care Center, Richmond

March 21 - 11:30 a.m. - Organic Foods Activity Table, ActiveHealth healthy lifestyles coach, James Monroe Building, outside cafeteria

March 21 - 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - Creating Your New Life Chapter,  open to Veterans

March 22 - 12:00 p.m. - Webinar - Finance, Virginia Transition Assistance Program, open Veterans

March 23
- 1:00 p.m. - Presentation to Women Veterans, Virginia Veterans Care Center, Roanoke

March 27 - 1:00 p.m. - DHRM Webinar - E-Verify for non-federal contractors (rescheduled from March 20)

March 29 - 1:00 p.m. - DHRM Webinar - E-Verify for federal contractors

March 29 - 10:30 a.m. - CVC Awards and Recognition Ceremony, James Monroe Building, Richmond

April 4  - 10:00 a.m. - DHRM Webinar - Form I-9 Training (rescheduled from March 21)

Through May 28 - VMNH Dinosaurs Exhibit free admission for state employees

June 14 - 15 Virginia Women Veterans Summit, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria.  Registration is open.
What Are People Doing?

Two DMV Employees Bond Over a Kidney Transplant

Two state employees have something in common beyond their work at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Freida Booth – Pitts, assistant manager of the North Henrico branch of DMV, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.  Three years ago, she had been told that dialysis was imminent, and she began peritoneal dialysis in 2016.  Now the future had arrived, and it looked bleak unless she could find a kidney donor

Kidney Transplant Employees

Sandy Bloxom, a co-worker at the same facility, stepped up to the plate and donated a kidney for Freida that was a perfect match.  There was one hitch – Sandy was a smoker and the doctors had said her lungs were not strong enough for surgery. So she quit smoking, again.  Sandy underwent another test and was finally cleared for surgery. By this time she had moved to the West End DMV branch.

Freida is now recovering from her transplant in June 2017, which was a six-hour surgical procedure.  Both Freida and Sandy say that this experience has made them a part of each other, just like family.

There are several lessons from this story. 

First, get that annual routine wellness check-up! And be sure you have a primary care doctor. Your life could be at stake.

Second, stop smoking!  If you need help, it’s there from ActiveHealth’s healthy lifestyles program or from the CommonHealth wellness program.

Third, always value your co-workers – you never know when you may find a best friend. And maybe even someone who makes a sacrifice to save your life.

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