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First American Veterans Summit


The Puerto Rico CPP pilot was the First Hispanic American Veterans Summit and Job Fair organized by LULAC, VA, and AGIF. Twenty-nine sponsors and 36 exhibitors supported the Summit that was held from October 30 to November 3, 2006, at the Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan. Sixteen Federal agency representatives participated, along with prominent leaders representing the Puerto Rico Congress, Municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico National Guard, business sector, academia, LULAC, and veterans service organizations. Their presentations covered an array of programs and services benefiting veterans and their communities. Special ceremonies honored fallen American soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as several retired generals. A total of nine cabinet-level departments and two other Federal agencies supported the event.
VA was a major supporter of the Summit, with ten components participating to deliver employment services, readjustment counseling, and other veterans benefits information. The San Juan VA Medical Center also promoted the event and, for the convenience of veterans, sponsored a health fair at the VA facility. The Municipality of San Juan sponsored a health fair at the Summit and Job Fair site. VA participated in the Job Fair and ensured that four computers were set up to enable applicants to apply online to all VA jobs listed on the USA Jobs and VA Careers Web sites. VA staff from VACO and the Vet Center, medical center, regional office, and national cemetery in Puerto Rico provided technical assistance to more than 500 veterans. More than 1,500 registrants participated in the Summit and Job Fair. In addition to the nationwide Federal job opportunities, the Municipality of San Juan coordinated the offering of over 1,700 community jobs identified for this Job Fair and also provided a bank of computers and  employment specialists to assist applicants with building their resumes and providing access to the local employment Web site.
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