Economic opportunity pilot connects Veterans to resources


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VA recently completed the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) pilot program. The program’s goal was to test various initiatives, at the community level, to support the economic success of Veterans and their families. The pilot was informed by key economic data at national and local levels.

VECI was piloted out of concern that many Veterans were unaware of the program and services offered by VA. By working with established community groups, VA was able to expand its outreach and create new ambassadors to reach Veterans and their families at the local level.

The pilot was conducted in 25 communities that reach about 30-percent of the Veteran population. By focusing on existing resources available in the community, VECI initiatives were able to build public-private partnerships to focus on education, training and creating jobs for Veterans.

Some of the key results were:

  • Assisting with training and provided information on VA programs to 160,000 people representing hundreds of community service organizations
  • Developing formal no-cost public-private partnerships resulting in more than $1 billion in available support to Veterans and their families
  • Contacting employers through Vets.gov, the Veterans Employment Center, and similar online programs. Small and large businesses committed to hire more than one million Veterans
  • Promoting the value of GI Bill apprenticeship programs and provided 160 employers with information needed to set up their own apprenticeship programs.
  • Developing and launching 25 Veterans community learning hubs to help Veterans and their families increase their skills and knowledge through no-cost online courses that provided certification credentials from leading U.S. schools.

These activities strengthened the network of support for Veterans and their families in each pilot community, aligned local efforts with national VA programs, and provided VA with critical insight into local best-practices and economic opportunities for Veterans.

Innovative pilots like VECI allow VA to better inform Veterans, their families and communities about available services and programs. No-cost public-private partnerships are a force multiplier to provide resources and to support the economic success of Veterans and their families.

For more information about the VECI pilot and data used to support community efforts, click here to read the full report.


Rosye Cloud is the Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment at Veterans Benefits Administration. She has more than 20 years experience as a social services and health care advocate for military members, Veterans, and their family members. She works to provide innovative public policy solutions that improve the social and economic mobility of our Veteran community.

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  1. michael jones    

    I have an open claim that is currently under review. I need to add additional conditions to the claim with regards to recently identified health issues? Who do I need to contact? Secondly, my current disability is 30% I have been told that there are some educational benefits which I might be able to take advantage of, also I would like to understand exactly what i am entitled to with a 30% disability. Who can I contact and work with?

    1. Oscar gonzales    

      If you put new information before your claim is complete it will make it start all over from the beginning. If you have a rating of 30% I would contact va vocational training and the will be able to inform you of all the great benefits you qualify for.

  2. larry gordon culp    

    How do I go about filing an additional claim? I have a 50% disability. I’ve had a triple bypass. Also I have been placed on oxygen 24/7 causing me to have to quit work. I’m unable to work now, my social security check is only $750 per month. So you can see that I need help . Larry g Culp 5435, Omaha, Ne68104

    1. Brian Smithfield    

      Larry, call the VA, don’t post your personal information on some random blog about Economic Opportunities. Delete your post and contact the VA via phone. 1-800-827-1000. Good luck.

  3. Cynthia Chavez    

    I had surgery a couple of months ago I’m not able to work I’m not receiveing any type of payment from the army. I applied for compensation august 29 th 2016 I was wondering how much longer until I hear a decision on my case.

  4. Kenneth Lee Pinion    

    I am currently receiving 70 percent disability for multiple conditions, one claim was awarded 50 percent and the other 4 were 20 percent under the V.A.s formula? One would think that with so many claims being granted I would be at 100%, but like most things controlled by the government the lodgical gets very complicated? Is the anyone I can talk to about my cituation or retain an attorney?

  5. e.c.    

    A good start, for finding someone to assist or guide you, with the processing of a FDC (Fully developed claim). Almost any PSO (Post service officer) at a VFW Post nearest to were you live. The DAV, is another good source of assistance, with any claim issues that you are having. When you visit a VA hospital, find the location of the patient advocate. They will be able to assist you, in locating the proper personnel, who provide with your questions. Sometimes, right there in the hospital. This should be helpful to your needs.

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