An SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) veterans’ representative was honored on a national stage this month during the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Annual Salute to Leadership Awards.
Eric McAbee, local veterans’ employment representative at the Spartanburg SC Works center, received the James F. Walls Employee Award for outstanding dedication to customers and colleagues and extraordinary service to the local community.
McAbee, who has worked at DEW since 2006, served in the Navy and now helps his fellow veterans in the Upstate connect with employment resources and opportunities. He received the award for his notable work with William “Wild Bill” Honeycutt, a veteran he assisted the last couple years.
Thanks to McAbee’s perseverance, Honeycutt found employment and overcame homelessness and alcohol dependency. The veterans’ representative did not stop there because he kept in touch with Honeycutt after his official role as a case manager ended.
When McAbee found out Honeycutt was terminally ill, the employment representative was determined to reunite Honeycutt with his estranged family. He was able to connect the veteran with his sister, two brothers and daughter before Honeycutt passed away.
“Mr. McAbee’s compassionate and selfless dedication to Mr. Honeycutt far exceeds the statutory requirements of service delivery…,” according to the awards nomination. “His commitment to serving veterans empowers those he serves, and positions partners to effectively provide assistance to those in need.”
Read more about how McAbee helped connect Spartanburg veterans with employment at a manufacturing plant in this article.