First Lady Michelle Obama, Mayor Eric Garcetti to 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


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.

Live streaming begins at 8 a.m. PT on July 16:

Official social media hashtag is #United4Vets

By the numbers:

L.A. County is home to 328,000 veterans, representing nearly one-fifth 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

City, state and federal officials, business leaders and community stakeholders will attend, 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
  • Raphael Bostic, Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy, and Director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance


  • 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

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

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