VA Office of Economic Opportunity
Colleagues, Community Leaders, and Fellow Veterans,
The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to providing Veterans every opportunity they have earned. We bolstered our efforts during the implementation of the new Transition Assistance Program. We now have permanent Benefits Advisors at 106 military installations serving over 270 disparate bases ensuring we can have a global presence in our military installations. Ensuring a positive community involvement came through in our first report on Veteran economic opportunities – that report, The 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report (link below) brought together data sources from across the federal government focused on meaningful employment, income, accessing education, and general economic indicators. We want to raise awareness about the value Veterans bring to a community and increase the number of education and employment opportunities for Veterans. We anticipate this report will help foster a dialog in several different areas and forums.
Informed by this data, the VA is implementing a key initiative in over 20 U.S. cities to provide enhanced economic opportunities for Veterans and their families. This effort, titled Communities of Interest, is intended to develop strategies to build sustainable models over the next two years that will include:
We are very excited about the Communities of Interest initiative. It will engage Veterans in the community where they can become a positive economic multiplier. Using their GI Bill® and other benefits they have earned, they become students … homeowners … entrepreneurs … employees … community leaders. It reinforces Secretary McDonald’s MyVA initiative to expand strategic partnerships to help us coordinate Veteran-related issue with local, state and community partners – as well as VA employees.
This not only creates economic stability and opportunity for our Veterans – it translates into millions of dollars to that community’s economy for all its citizens.
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
To our VETERANS:
To all those who have served and currently serve our nation, we are forever grateful for your dedication, commitment and sacrifices.
We ask that you all pause today and pay respect to all those around you who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces. Also, please take a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May we also take a pledge today to renew our nation’s commitment and obligations to give back to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.
With the greatest admiration and respect we at CA-ACME say, Thank you for your service and a special thank you to all the wives/husbands and children that have stood alongside of veterans.
Esmeralda Silva, President
Janice Neal, Vice President
Treasurer: Karen Fudala
Chair Military: Douglas Barr
Chair Institutions: Lisa Rich
Military ESO Advisor: Donna Brubaker
Legal Advisor: Dr. Afshin Afrookhteh
Information Technology Advisor: Lisa Rich
Past President (Immediate): Val Vera
Honorary Past President: Jerry Peters
Honorary Past President: Steve Howard
“...It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.”
― George S. Patton Jr.