First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Eric Garcetti Keynote Unite for Veterans Summit

July 11, 2014

Summit on July 16 gathers local, state and federal stakeholders to highlight efforts to help veterans after their service

Media contact and RSVP: Jennifer Conway at (978) 463-0289 or

**All media must RSVP by TUESDAY, JULY 15 BY 10AM PST to attend and will receive specific instructions for security clearance and credentials.**

WHAT: Unite for Veterans is an event that will bring together key city, state and federal officials; business leaders; and community stakeholders to highlight best practices in employment and housing to provide veterans with meaningful opportunities after their service. The Summit is organized by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the University Of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.

WHY/STATS: L.A. County is home to 328,000 veterans, representing nearly 1/5 of the state’s veteran population

• 1 in 3 post-9/11 veterans is unemployed or underemployed – 18% are unemployed and 17% are underemployed, not making sustainable income levels

• According to the most recent census 11% of post-9/11 veterans in L.A. County were living at poverty levels

• Of the 39,461 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County, 1 out of 8 are veterans

WHO:  City, state and federal officials, business leaders and community stakeholders including:

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles

Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Laura Zeilinger, Director of National Programs and Field Support, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles

John C. Williams, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Stephen Peck, President and CEO, U.S. Vets

Elizabeth Garrett, Provost, University of Southern California

• Numerous business leaders; state, local and federal officials; and community organizers

WHENWednesday, July 16, 2014

• 8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

• 11:00 a.m. Keynote Address by The Honorable Mayor Garcetti

• 11:15 a.m. Keynote address by First Lady, Michelle Obama

• 1:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

WHEREHyatt Regency Century Plaza

2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA

Live streaming begins at 8 AM PST July 16th:

Official social media hashtag is #United4Vets


• Keynote addresses featuring the First Lady of the United States and the Mayor of Los Angeles

• Interview opportunities with business leaders; city, state and federal officials; community stakeholders and veterans