Washington Independent Productions
Receives 2013 PEER Award Recognizing
Hire a Veteran Promo Trailer

WASHINGTON DC:  Sue Stolov of Washington Independent Productions took home a PEER award on behalf of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command(WTC) for the Hire a Veteran Trailer.

“Winning a PEER award, is a lot like getting a local Oscar for the non-broadcast video producer,” Stolov said. “It’s nice to get recognition for our efforts to change employer attitudes about hiring wounded veterans.”

The 2013 Peer Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Television, Internet & Video Association DC (TIVA) recognizes Washington DC-area non-broadcast video and film production talent. This year’s event was held on November 16th at the National Press Club.

The video has been well received earning media coverage in publications including USA Today  and MinorityBusinessMBA magazine.  Distribution momentum continues this week as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to send a video link to 500,000 small business owners and employers nationwide.

WIP was hired by the WTC to come up with a video to knock down some of the obstacles that get in the way of a wounded veteran hire, particularly an employer’s concern about PTSD and the cost of accommodations for wounded veterans.  Unemployment is at 6.9% for veterans but is much higher, 10%, for post 9-11 veterans, those most often associated with PTSD.

“Many employers don’t know that PTSD is more common in the U.S. from a car crash than from combat and that most accommodations cost less than $500.  Most importantly, I’m happy to see the positive impact that has stemmed from the video outreach.  Some executives, after watching the Army video,  have called to say they hope to hire young military veterans,” said Stolov.

This is the third award given to Washington Independent Productions for their work on the WTC video project. Previously WIP received two gold trophies for the AVA Digital Awards. The award comes at a convenient time as November is officially designated Warrior Care Month.

“I love what I do and changing people’s attitudes through videos.  It’s my passion, and I’m grateful to the US Army WTC for allowing WIP to take part in such a valuable project,” added Stolov.

Washington Independent Productions has a long-running history producing videos that make an impact and change behaviors. In the ten years working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), WIP produced and distributed a series of videos that contributed to a 12% decrease in drunk driving deaths, saving 143,351 lives and counting.  The widespread use of child booster seats in vehicles is due in part to WIP outreach efforts for the Department of Transportation.  Sue Stolov is founder of WIP and producer/director.

The Peer Awards began in 1997 as part of the former Washington Film and Video Council (WFVC) and later merged with the existing, popular “’ITVA-DC Video Festival”. Today, the DC Peer Awards continues to celebrate local excellence in media and offer one of the most sought-after awards in our community.

Washington Independent Productions is committed to helping companies and organizations put issues and ideas on the public agenda through videos and strategic distribution. Services include research and message development, video production, script writing, media outreach, social media strategy and live streaming events.

Visit the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command Hire a Veteran campaign for more information.