American Legion Post 221 in Bedford, Mass., is the site of a Legion-U.S. Chamber of Commerce career fair from 1-4 p.m. today for veteran job seekers, active-duty military, members of the National Guard and reserve components, and military spouses. This will be a free hiring fair for both employers and job-seekers.
The board of directors for the Legion’s Child Welfare Foundation is meeting. Through hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants each year, the CWF provides other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children across this nation.
Legionnaires from across the nation, and further, will be traveling to Indianapolis this weekend for the 2012 Fall Meetings. Board meetings get under way Sunday, while commissions and committees meet Monday and Tuesday. The National Executive Committee will convene Wednesday and Thursday.
A symposium concerning on-campus supportive services for Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans with disabilities is being conducted at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Symposium panelists include Steve Gonzalez of the Legion’s Economic Division. The event is being sponsored by the HSC Foundation and the National Veterans Center.
Economic Division assistant director Steve Gonzalez is in New Orleans detailing The American Legion’s historic role and continuing campaign to improve the lot of veterans on campus. Gonzalez is speaking at The National Association of Veteran Program Administrators 37th annual conference during a general session titled “American Legion: Connecting with Education.”
Dr. Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Veterans Affair (VA), is meeting with three staff members from the Legion’s Washington office: Executive Director Peter Gaytan, Economic Division Director Joe Sharpe, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division Director Verna Jones. They are meeting to discuss ways in which VA can improve its delivery of benefits to veterans.
Verna Jones, director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, and Jacob Gadd, the division’s deputy director for health, are meeting with Dr. Kelly McVearry, senior scientific advisor for Northrop Grumman Information Systems. They are meeting to discuss how Northrop can assist veterans who suffer from PTSD and other mental-health illnesses.
Department and national staff are teaming up with local Legionnaires in Oglesby, Ill., to provide outreach to veterans in Putnam, Bureau and LaSalle counties. They, along with area Legionnaires, will be providing information on benefits and membership in The American Legion. Staff will be at American Legion Post 237, 410 Clark St. in Oglesby, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
Department and national staff are teaming up with local Legionnaires in Oglesby, Ill., to provide outreach to veterans in Putnam, Bureau and LaSalle counties. They, along with area Legionnaires, will be providing information on benefits and membership in The American Legion. Staff will be at American Legion Post 237, 410 Clark St. in Oglesby, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. today. A department service officer will be at Post 237 from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday to help veterans with claims and other benefits-related questions.