VA Seeking to Increase Veterans’ Economic Potential through New Campaign

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve customer service to veterans and provide veteran-centric care has led to another new campaign launch this month. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) will bring together private and public sector national and local partners in 50 U.S. cities to better serve veterans.

VECI will work in major cities across the country to bring together existing government and local resources to provide better education and employment opportunities to veterans, servicemembers, and military families. National companies like Hilton Hotels and TriWest pledged their commitment to providing economic opportunities.

Each of the 50 participating cities will have a dedicated VA Economic Liaison who is tasked with expanding collaboration between private and public organizations that can serve veterans. VECI is looking to develop more innovative methods of learning and employment that capitalize on veterans’ skills and meet their needs.

Most of the participating cities were chosen based on veteran unemployment rates, overall veteran population, and the projected increase in the veteran population over time. The following are the first 25 cities included in the campaign.

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Riverside, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Miami, Florida
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • New York, New York
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dallas, Texas
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Washington, DC

As the VA innovates new programs to provide services to veterans, the veterans disability benefits program remains open to any veteran who suffers from a service-connected disability. If you were denied disability benefits, contact Veterans Help Group ®. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.