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Transition and Economic Development

Economic Investment Initiatives

EII in Jacksonville, NC - July 2020 (virtual)

EII: Jacksonville 2020 is part of this larger effort provided by the VA Office of Transition and Economic Development (TED) that focuses on select geographic regions containing large Veteran populations. TED hosts EII events twice annually in coordination with VA regional offices. Since November 2018, TED has connected EII attendees with 317 jobs.


Federal Employment Connection: Industry Thursday with VBA and HoH

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

As part of Veterans Benefits Administration's nationwide Economic Investment Initiative (EII), we partnered with Hiring Our Heroes' webinar series to bring you these career-focused presentations which include opportunities and hiring processes for VBA. This event is part of VBA's EII in Jacksonville, NC, which is being held virtually. This virtual informational interview-style webinar gives you an opportunity to learn about careers and hiring processes at VBA.



Federal Employment Virtual Job Fair

Friday, July 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Hiring Our Heroes and representatives from agencies hiring for federal employment roles for a virtual hiring fair, including the Veterans Benefits Administration. This event is open to transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers. Employers scheduled to participate include:

  • Department of State
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of the Navy
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Energy Western Area Power Administration
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration

Register now (under "Which virtual hiring event are you interested in attending?" select July 10: Federal Employment) and keep an eye on your inbox for details on preparing for this event.



Economic Investment Initiative (EII) Virtual Townhall

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Transitioning Veterans and service members can attend the town hall by calling 1-872-701-0185 (conference ID 553 597347#), or join online at Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (join using your browser).

Join us on a virtual town hall scheduled for July 15, where local issues affecting the military and Veteran communities will be discussed with federal, state and local representatives. We will provide information on initiatives that can positively affect the transition to civilian life.



The Office of Transition and Economic Development (TED) launched Economic Investment (EI) Initiatives to connect large Veteran populations of specific geographic regions with benefits, services, and employment opportunities. EI Initiatives include follow-up visits to the selected geographic region six months, 18 months, and three years after the initial event. TED hosts EI Initiatives twice annually in coordination with VA regional offices.

What to Expect at EI Initiatives 

EI Initiatives are typically three-day events with activities for transitioning service members, Veterans, and their families, caregivers, and survivors that may include:

  • A benefits fair to help register for benefits and health care;
  • A claims clinic to file claims for service-connected conditions;
  • A job fair to connect directly with hiring employers; and
  • Health services including on-site evaluations and primary care.

EI Initiative Goals

The goals of El initiatives are to:

  • Connect service members, Veterans, and their families to VA benefits and federal and local resources for economic advancement.
  • Have service members, Veterans, and their families communicate challenges and successes directly with local and federal government representatives and hear from leaders about initiatives and activities that affect their communities.
  • Bring key players together in the public and private partner sectors to discuss solutions to reduce challenges in the Veteran community and form sustainable public-private partnerships.

Current EI Initiatives

Whether you are a transitioning service member, a Veteran, or count yourself among the friends and family who support those in uniform, attending an EI Initiative event connects you with key benefits and services that can help you find success in civilian life.