LULAC In Partnership with American GI Forum, The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security for the 4th Annual LULAC Veterans Summit

November 25, 2009

Contact: Lizette Jenness Olmos  (202) 365-4553 mobile

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country along with the American GI Forum and federal agencies are holding the 4th Annual 2009 LULAC Veterans Summit in Los Angeles on December 3-5th.

“LULAC’s Veterans Summit will address issues of critical importance to U.S. veterans and their families in a state with over 13.2 million Latino residents. You can expect to hear from cabinet secretaries, political leaders, government experts, local elected officials, respected business and community leaders,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales.

Keynote speakers include John U. Sepulveda, Assistant Secretary, Office of Human Resources and Administration and Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense Colonel Kevin Driscoll and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“The bravery and heroism of our men and women in uniform have held our nation together through its most trying times, and now,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “I’m pleased to welcome veterans to Los Angeles as they seek the opportunities that will improve their lives.”

The Veterans Summit will take place on December 3-5, 2009 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Attendees will participate in two days of cutting edge seminars, conference break-out sessions, job and health fairs and clinics including interactive informational displays.

“This is about doing what is best for those who serve this country and using every federal, state and community asset to do it,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “We’re proud of the people and the organizations who have stepped up to make sure everyone who bravely and courageously served this country gets the services they deserve.”

There will be a free two-day expo showcasing services, education and employment opportunities and resources to start your own business. The job fair features top companies and federal agencies looking to hire. According to Colonel Kevin Driscoll, numerous Defense agencies and the Services civilian employment representatives will be available to assist veterans seeking job opportunities with the Department of Defense.

For summit registration information contact Mario Marsans at mmarsans@lulac.org, 202-833-6130. For media RSVP contact Lizette Jenness Olmos at ljolmos@lulac.org, 202-365-4553.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

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