Veterans Employment & Education Division staff will be attending the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ 2014 Winter Policy Forum’s. This event allows for The American Legion state to interact with the state workforce agency administrators and other workforce agency professionals to hear from and discuss current economic conditions in the U.S. with national experts in the field and also learn about the legislative outlook on a variety of workforce system issues facing Congress.
The American Legion is sponsoring a reception for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Leadership Council at the VA National Training Center in Arlington VA. The NLC is comprised the VA Central Office leadership and regional directors of the 21 Veteran-Integrated Service Networks across the United States.
Patients assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio are guests of The American Legion through Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) at a rodeo featuring Trevor Knowles, champion steer wrestler and strong advocate of OCW, and a concert of some of country music’s biggest stars.
Staff from the Legion’s Veterans Employment & Education Division is attending Microsoft’s Conversation on Veterans: Veterans Employment and Training Panel Discussion. This event will discuss how can the private sector best help support veterans as they successfully transition from the military to civilian employment. In November 2013, Microsoft announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to U.S. active-duty members transitioning out of their military careers.
Peter Gaytan – executive director of the Legion’s D.C. office – is meeting with Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Gaytan and Miller will discuss patients deaths in Department of Veterans Affairs’ facilities in Georgia and South Carolina, communication issues within VA, and cost overruns and delays with VA construction projects.
Veterans Employment & Education Division are attending the Department of Labor’s National Symposium Veterans’ Employment in Construction. This event will bring together the construction industry, government leaders, and education professionals to address the employment challenges and opportunities of America’s transitioning servicemembers and veterans. As construction jobs grow over the next decade, America’s veterans can help fill the need for the skilled workers. Speakers will include First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.