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Employment and Economic Impact

Policy Academies

VA believes that collaboration leads to solutions for challenges that Veterans and their families face. Through Policy Academies, VA is convening experts from a range of organizations that support Veterans to work toward improving services for transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.

At these Policy Academies, local, regional, and national specialists from various sectors learn from each other through interactive training on national philanthropic and community-based best practices. The Policy Academies also provide a space for open discussion about topics such as the current economic landscape for Veterans and emerging data on new tools and programs.

Inaugural Policy Academy

The first Policy Academy was held on 29–30 September 2015 in Orange County, California. Highlights include:

  • An announcement by VA on the expansion of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) to other communities
  • Presentations from leading companies, service organizations, and community leaders, who shared innovative ways to meet the needs of Veterans
  • A roundtable featuring VA leadership, employers, and philanthropy experts, who discussed national trends in Veteran-focused services and grantmaking
  • Statements from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at VA, and other top VA officials, who discussed how the MyVA initiative is reshaping the way the department works to serve Veterans

The event also featured sample demonstrations of VA’s Transition Assistance Program Benefits Briefings

Representatives from the following organizations attended:

  • 2-1-1 San Diego
  • America’s Warrior Partnership
  • The American Legion
  • American Red Cross
  • Apria Healthcare
  • Bank of America
  • Blue Star Families
  • Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • The Bunker
  • Call of Duty Endowment
  • Charlotte Bridge Home
  • Corporate America Supports You (CASY)
  • Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeships
  • Full Circle Computing
  • Georgia National Guard
  • Goodwill of Orange County (CA)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Hire Heroes USA
  • Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.
  • LinkedIn
  • Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
  • National Military Family Association
  • New Horizons St. Louis
  • Pinnacle Five
  • QualTek USA
  • Reboot
  • RP/6
  • Soldier for Life (Army)
  • Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families
  • Three Wire Systems LLC
  • TLG Learning
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • True Information Assurance LLC
  • Upstate Warrior Solution
  • USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Veterans One-stop Center of Western NY Inc.
  • Warriors4Wireless
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • zero8Hundred

See the Program from the 2015 Policy Academy