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Economic


Forging Economic Opportunities for Veterans T e American Legion’s Economic Commission works to ensure that veterans and


their families have opportunities to prosper aſt er discharge. In order to achieve this goal, the Washington-based Economic Division staff works closely with government agencies, nonprofi t organizations, colleges, corporations and small businesses. Planks in the Economic Commission platform include education, jobs, business development and the eradication of veteran homelessness. Gainful employment for veterans is the primary objective of the commission, which is


actively involved in more than 170 veteran-targeted job fairs and business-development workshops around the country, working with RecruitMilitary, LLC, Military.com, the Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration. T e Legion also maintains online partnerships with Avue and Monster.com, providing information, guidance and – when appropriate – referrals for employment. T e Legion’s Small Business Task Force hosts training sessions in which top experts from the private and government sectors alike provide veterans with information on how to start and maintain successful businesses. In 2010 and 2011, the Legion worked closely with VA to help Secretary Eric Shinseki toward


his goal of ending veteran homelessness. Dozens of projects and programs to help veterans get back on their feet are under way across the country to achieve that goal.


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Economic Positions and Programs  Veterans on Campus seminars  GI Bill benefi ts to match the needs of today’s veterans  Awards for employers who excel at veteran hiring and retention


 Collaboration with the U.S. government to improve compliance with veterans-preference hiring laws and the awarding of federal contracts to service-disabled veterans


 Business-development workshops, and participation in job fairs nationwide ––––––––––––


Contact:  econ@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/careerswww.legion.org/homeless


2011 | T e American Legion Annual Report 17


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