A Boots to Business workshop is scheduled Feb. 28-March 1 once again during American Legion Washington Conference activities. Photo by Noel St. John.

Legion's 58th annual Washington Conference begins Friday

The American Legion's 58th annual Washington Conference gets underway Friday with veteran career and education events, and follows with commission meetings and an address by National Commander Denise H. Rohan to a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.

Rohan's testimony to Congress on Feb. 28 will be live streamed via the Senate VA Committee website. Watch it here.

The Feb. 27 Commander’s Call also will be live-streamed (watch here) and will feature Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., a Legionnaire and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, who will receive the Legion’s Distinguished Public Service Award. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, also will speak during the Commander’s Call. Other awards to be presented during the Commander’s Call include the Patriot Award to Diane Carlson-Evans, a U.S. Army nurse during the Vietnam War, and the VA Physician and Provider of the Year.

Several events and workshops will be held during the Washington Conference at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. These include a Hiring Our Heroes job fair and workshops for veterans, military personnel and their spouses Feb. 23; Action Plan for Growth workshop Feb. 28; Boots to Business Reboot entrepreneurial training program Feb. 28 to March 1; and Avenir Life Coaching Mind Fit workshop to enhance overall performance and wellness March 1. Visit www.legion.org/washingtonconference to register for the hiring fair and workshops.

Legionnaires will head to Capitol Hill Feb. 27 to meet with their respective members of Congress.

Follow coverage of the Washington Conference here.