VA launched the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) in May 2015 as part of former VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald’s MyVA initiative. VECI supports the economic success of Veterans and their families by bringing together community partners to coordinate and integrate services at the local level.
These programs and resources encourage collaboration among communities and provide training opportunities to help transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families develop professional skills that can benefit them in any career path.
VA is currently leveraging lessons learned through the first 25 VECI communities. The pilot produced earlier successes than anticipated and VA is capturing best practices for publication so they can be used across the nation in communities that are not currently VECI locations.
50 VECI communities were identified through a data-driven process. These communities bring scale and the potential for high impact support to Veterans who have recently transitioned and are looking to improve their economic outcomes. These 50 communities also represent approximately 50 percent of all of our U.S. Veteran population.
A critical component of integrating VECI best practices into communities drove the move from VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) to VA’s Office of Veterans Experience (VE). This move recognizes the value of community collaboration and the fact that economic mobility is a cross-cutting mission.
VECI is now a part of an integrated portfolio of community-based initiatives that work to improve Veteran services and therefore also touch economic opportunities of transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.
The transition of VECI into the VE Office of Navigation, Advocacy, and Community Engagement, will allow VA to integrate VECI objectives into VA’s holistic plan to enhance the Veteran experience within VA. Currently, consultants have been the center of gravity for VECI. In the very near future, economic support functions will leverage federal VA staff, federal partners, and consultants as appropriate.
Policy Academies provide a forum for organizations to learn how to better serve Veterans through interactive training sessions, networking opportunities, and access to new research.Learn more about Policy Academies
Veterans Community Learning Hubs give transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and their spouses a way to quickly and conveniently build their professional skills at no cost.Learn more about Learning Hubs
The 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report uses data on employment, income, education, and use of benefits to evaluate the economic competitiveness of Veterans. With these data, VA and its partners can better support Veterans on the path to success.Read the 2015 report
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Last updated January 19, 2017