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Skills to Jobs Gainful employment for veterans is the primary objective of the Economic Commission, which


is actively involved in veteran-targeted job fairs and business-development workshops around the country. Job fairs are organized in conjunction with with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, RecruitMilitary and Military.com, and conducted at American Legion posts across the country. An estimated 200 fairs have been scheduled for 2012. T e Legion’s Small Business Task Force hosts training sessions at which top experts from the public


and private sectors advise entrepreneurs on how to start and maintain successful businesses. T e Legion is also dedicated to improving compliance with veterans-preference hiring laws and ensuring that federal contracts are awarded to veteran-owned small businesses. In February, the Economic Commission conducted a two-day summit in Washington that examined


the issue of licensing and credentialing in the civilian job market, and how to get more certifying agencies in the private sector to recognize the value of military training and experience. T e Legion’s eff orts have borne fruit in this area, including passage of the Veteran Skills to Jobs Act. T e Legion works to safeguard GI Bill education benefi ts, and is closely monitoring several for-profi t


schools that have used predatory practices in recruiting veterans. T e Economic Division hosts an annual education symposium that includes panel discussions with students and academic experts about ways to support student veterans on campus.


National Economic Awards  Employer of the Year – Small Business, Mid-Sized Business and Large Business  Employer of the Disabled and Employer of Older Workers  Local Veterans Employment Representative of the Year  Outstanding Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist of the Year  Outstanding Employment Service Offi ce of the Year


Contact  econ@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/careerswww.legion.org/calendar


2012 | T e American Legion Annual Report 19


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