RALEIGH, NC, January 17, 2019. Colonel (USA retired) David Hayden, Chairman of the Board of the Veterans Life Center has been named a winner in the inaugural Veterans of Influence Awards sponsored by the Triangle Business Journal.
These awards were developed to recognize military veterans for their success in the Triangle business community. It aims to highlight those veterans who have made significant achievements in their careers in the past year, have strong records of innovation or outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in the Triangle community.
Hayden has served as a member of the VLC Board since 2015 and was named Chairman in 2017. He served 12 years in airborne assignments at Fort Bragg, NC, was s criminal law professor and department head at the U.S. Army JAG School and deployed to Afghanistan as the senior legal advisor to the theater commander in 2002-2003; he also served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
David served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and General Counsel for USfalcon, Inc before joining the Smith Anderson Law Firm in Raleigh, where he represents a variety of defense contractors, advising on a broad range of federal contracting issues.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award,” Hayden said, “and delighted to see that the TBJ has established this program to recognize veterans in our community. Veterans are making important contributions to the Triangle area, and throughout the country – in business, their professions, and all walks of life, in addition to public and community service.”
John Turner, Executive Director of the Veterans Life Center, said, “Colonel Hayden has been an enormous asset to the VLC. Under his leadership, our project has accelerated its plans dramatically. Our facility in Butner is now under construction, our program of services has been advanced and our relationships with governmental and private agencies strengthened. He is also working closely with our board to ensure success in our ongoing capital campaign.”
The Veterans Life Center is a charity whose purpose is to help troubled 21st Century war veterans find constructive and personally satisfying roles in civil society.