Mike Helm, National Commander of The American Legion

Mike Helm, National Commander of The American Legion


Did you know that The American Legion issued its first report on licensing and credentialing for military veterans in 1997? For nearly two decades, we have been making the case that those who are trained and experienced through the U.S. Armed Forces should not have to start their training completely over to meet the licensing and credentialing requirements of many career fields.

American Legion advocacy is now making a difference across the U.S. map. States and agencies are making changes on a frequent and continuing basis to ease the transition to civilian careers for our well-trained military men and women. We still have work to do, but we are definitely heading in the right direction.

That’s just one aspect of the work our National Veterans Employment and Education Commission is accomplishing. The commission’s vital mission – and all the Veterans Employment and Education Division (VEED) is doing to fulfill it – will be on full display this month as veterans and Legionnaires gather in our nation’s capital for the annual Washington Conference.

Here are some of the VEED Washington Conference events scheduled to help military personnel, veterans and their families find rewarding careers, from first responders to business owners:

  • The American Legion hosts its National Credentialing Summit Feb. 17-18, bringing together more than 200 experts, decision-makers and veterans from across the country. This invitation-only event will help various industry leaders, officials and Legionnaires in their collaborative efforts to improve the licensing, certification and credentialing of veterans in the private sector.

    • The Employment and Empowerment Summit on Feb. 19 is a full day of workshops and educational sessions, including opportunities for one-on-one career coaching and résumé review and benefits discussions. Register here

    • The Feb. 20 Résumé Writing Workshop will provide one-on-one tutoring and counseling sessions that will focus on interviewing skills. Register here

    • A Hiring Our Heroes job fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 20. Employers will accept résumés from attendees, conduct onsite interviews and in some cases extend job offers. Register here

    • Servicemembers, veterans and spouses who own their own businesses or are interested in becoming entrepreneurs should consider the two-day Veterans Small Business Workshop. After completing this free course, participants will have the tools and knowledge to identify business opportunities, avoid common pitfalls and maximize earning potentials. The Feb. 24-25 workshop will include networking opportunities and more.  Register here

For more information on the events, email econ@legion.org.

Even after the Washington Conference is over, the Legion will always remain dedicated to assisting transitioning servicemembers. We will not pause in our efforts to make sure that they have access to all the opportunities they served our nation to protect.