We salute Mr. Billy Wright


Hello WHUR Family,

Mr. Billy Wright (USMC) our hometown hero.

Billy Wright


– About Billy –

Billy W. Wright served in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Beirut, Lebanon following one of the most single-deadliest days in Marine Corps history; the bombing of the Marine Barracks that killed 241 troops, mostly Marines. Billy received all meritorious promotions while serving in the Marine Corps and will always remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as part of the Multinational Force in Lebanon.

Billy came to the Department of Veterans Affairs with over 18 years of combined experience in the areas of operations, disability program management, policy analysis and development, and marketing and outreach. He has many years of experience working with various disability employment organizations, Veterans services organizations, educational institutions, federal and state agencies, and rehabilitation professionals in a full range of disability employment affairs.

He was a recipient of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities “Evie Cutler Public Service Award”. This individual award is given to only one person in the State of Maryland who demonstrates outstanding performance and going beyond the call of duty in support of employment of persons with disabilities.

Prior to coming to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, he was the Director of Veterans Initiatives/Team Lead, Program Management Recruitment and Outreach for “Ticket-to-Work”- a program under the Social Security Administration (SSA). He also served as Director of Veterans Initiatives for the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN), a national program under the Department of Labor’s (DOL), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) where he also served as a Policy Advisor on the Employer Team.

He attended Coastal Carolina Community College while in the Marine Corps and the University of the District of Columbia, majoring in business administration.


Here’s a sample of Music at the Monument

Music at the Monument (#MusicMon) is a musical jam session at the Sylvan Theatre on the National Monument Grounds. These events offer an opportunity to address goals and facilitate change through instrumental, vocal and songwriting. The featured performers are veterans, local and federal government employees, and youth; and represent various programs that use music as a form of relaxation, communication, youth development and the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

This is how we did it!

See you next time – June 5, 2015, 4-6:30 PM
Check Music at the Monument for details.

Wishing you a great day,

Darryl Haley

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There’s more to Darryl Haley than just an ex-pro football player. Much more. After his playing days with the New England Patriots, Darryl successfully ventured into areas such as the Ironman Triathlon, personal training, bed and breakfast ownership and of course, radio. He can be heard on WHUR giving Daily Fitness Tips that help listeners take better care of themselves with valuable nutrition and wellness information. When he’s not on the air or at the Darryl Haley Bed and Breakfast in Luray, VA, he can be found pursuing his other passions, motorcycles and bass fishing.

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