Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

The initiative will create networks of institutions and organizations that together can better serve veterans. The goal is to improve economic outcomes for veterans by increasing education and employment opportunities. The expectation is that local and national employers will coordinate services for veterans.  Campaign partners include the departments of Defense and Labor, the Small Business Administration, public-private partners like LinkedIn and Coursera, and regional and national nonprofits, businesses and educators. The first 25 communities where this program was launched were chosen based on a number of economic indicators related to veteran success.

Communities participating in the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative will develop scalable models over the next two years that include resources and education for employers on hiring and supporting veterans, employment summits to connect veterans with local employers who have immediate hiring needs and connecting veterans to economic opportunities including entrepreneurship, credentialing and skills building.

America’s Job Exchange supports and serves many employers who are actively looking to hire veterans.  Visit us for more information.  To learn about our recruitment and compliance solutions contact us here.


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