City to join new program for veterans



By Samantha Hall

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley launched the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) Wednesday in an effort to increase employment and educational opportunities for veterans.

The initiative’s goal is to combine national and local services to better the families of veterans, military members and service members through private and public organizations, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

These organizations plan to offer resources that can contribute to the training, employment and education of veterans, allowing the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge local fields of work.

More information on the VECI will be revealed at 11 a.m. Wednesday during a news conference at 3 E. Fourth St. in downtown Cincinnati.

“Having more opportunity outside of contracts is definitely needed,” said Mike McCormick, a second-year informational technology student and Army specialist. “Employers are looking for civilian experience so any increase for civilian work is appreciated — literally nothing I learned in the military can be used outside of the military.”

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