dennis_kennedyDennis Kennedy
Founder and CEO
National Veterans Council

Welcome and thank you for participating in this dialogue with the National Veterans Council, an affiliate of the National Diversity Council. Following the tragedy of September 11, a dramatic increase in the number of men and women entering the armed forces took place. As these men and women now return and the military drawdown continues, we face an unprecedented time to take care of our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our nation.

I established the National Veterans Council as a resource to help veterans transition into successful civilian careers and to raise awareness among employers of the unique challenges veterans face while attempting to enter and, in many cases, re-enter the civilian workforce. The National Veterans Council seeks to provide insight into the employer’s perspective when hiring veterans. We want to assist veterans in realizing their military-to-civilian translated skills and how they can best utilize them. We will accomplish this by collaborating with businesses and organizations committed to creating an inclusive, thriving work environment for veterans.

In 2012, we held our Inaugural Veterans Summit to address the urgent requirement for dialogue and action related to the veteran community. We will continue to promote these events around the nation in support of the men and women who have risked their lives to protect our country.

Thank you for joining the National Veterans Council in addressing these pressing needs.