The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officially launched its Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) in Honolulu at the Queen’s Conference Center. Honolulu is one of the initial 25 communities that have been called upon to work with the VA to implement this initiative to bring the community together to create employment opportunities for Veterans and their families.
The event consisted primarily of a demonstration that showed employers interested in hiring veterans how to use the Veterans Employment Center, an online resource that allows veteran-friendly businesses to post employment opportunities and view the résumés of job candidates. The demo also provided employers with information regarding additional resources that may be available to businesses who hire veterans. These resources include reimbursements for on the job training or apprenticeship programs, a listing of upcoming job fairs, and information on better understanding military experience.
For more information about the Veterans Employment Center, please visit or listen to the Voice of Business segment on the Rick Hamada show on September 22nd at 8:00 a.m. The guests that day will be Kamakana Kaimuloa, Chamber VP of Military Affairs, and Mike Yadao, Economic Liaison for the VA’s Office of Transition, Employment and Economic Impact.

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