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A Capital Region alliance stands ready to assist veterans facing socioeconomic hardships.

VETCON Alliance is offering help with education, entrepreneurship and employment to veterans who are in transition from service to civilian life.

That’s the objective of VETCON’S third annual Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, which aims to help veterans transition into life after military.

The conference will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie.

Public and private businesses, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and state agencies will be in attendance for hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.
VETCON 2018 is the continuation of a groundbreaking alliance first started in 2016 as way to assist veterans in their transition from service to everyday life. The conference focuses on providing financial tools, resources and support.

The alliance comprises the Tully Rinckey Foundation, Living Resources, Equitable Value LLC, the Veteran Business Outreach Center, the University at Albany’s Center for Advancement & Understanding of Social Enterprises (CAUSE), UAlbany’s Division of Research, Direct Impact Associates LLC, Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership, the state Office of General Services Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development Division, Innovate 518 and the Red Cross.
Representatives from more than 150 businesses owned by service-disabled veterans and more than 70 state agencies are expected to be on hand to help veterans.

This year’s VETCON will feature nationally known speakers serving as mentors during seminar sessions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops designed specifically for them, in addition to taking part in numerous informational and networking sessions with businesses, organizations and state agency purchasing personnel.

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