Official Registration Site for Veterans Affairs (VA), Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (OTED), Economic Development Initiative (EDI) events. EDIs are conferences that help the Veteran community learn about their VA benefits and connect with career opportunities. The events offer career training and guidance, a career fair, information about benefits, mental and physical health care options, spouse and caregiver resources, hands-on help filing claims, and much more.

Focus on Benefits and Jobs

EDIs are multiday conferences held nationwide that help TSMs, Veterans, family members and caregivers learn about their VA benefits and connect with career opportunities.

Connection Point

Resources offered at these events lead to increased understanding about mental and physical health care options, a connection point between spouses and caregivers and VA benefits, hands-on help filing benefits claims, and much more.

Event Details

Although all EDIs have shared characteristics, the details vary based on regional needs. EDIs consist of components such as Presentations, PACT Act and Claims Clinics, Town Halls, Benefits Fairs, Hiring Fairs and more.

Upcoming Events

Find information about our upcoming events below.

Detroit EDI
An event for Veterans and transitioning service members and their spouses, family members and caregivers. The event will be held in March 2024. More information will be coming soon.
Waco Economic Development Initiatives
An event for Veterans, transitioning service members, spouses, family members, caregivers and survivors. More information will be coming soon.
There are currently no events.
There are currently no events.

Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (OTED)

About OTED

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants you to be successful when you transition from military to civilian life. Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (OTED) supports the VA’s mission by helping you and your family navigate VA benefits and services, use partner resources, and get the support you need. We are here to help you achieve and sustain your career goals, find economic success, and maintain your physical and mental well-being throughout your military life-cycle.

From when you first join the military to when you start your post-military life, OTED is here to help you achieve success anytime, anywhere.

OTED Office

Economic Development (ED)

ED is an office within OTED. The ED vision is to be recognized as leaders who advance transitioning service members, Veterans and their families’ economic well-being in their local community. 

Initiatives that support Veterans

Provide Veterans access to benefits and services to promote financial security and to help them contribute to the community.

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Educate transitioning service members, Veterans, and their families about employment opportunities, special hiring authorities, and career support resources.
Veteran Support
Foster a culture of collaboration with VA, communities, and other agencies to raise awareness of available economic resources.
Connecting Veterans to Communities

Invigorate economies of local communities.

Economic Development Initiatives

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Learn More: VA’s Transition
Assistance Program (TAP)

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, resources, and tools to Service members and their loved ones to help prepare for the move from military to civilian life.

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Learn More: Women’s
Health Transition Training

Women’s Health Transition Training offers a number of courses about women’s health care services. Courses include mental health and military sexual trauma, eligibility requirements, how to connect with other women Veterans through women-specific networks, programs post-service and how to find local VA facilities and points of contact for additional support. 

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Learn More: Personalized Career
Planning and Guidance

Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (PCPG) program, also known as Chapter 36, gives beneficiaries enhanced career counseling, assessments, education planning, and guidance resources to achieve personal, career and education goals. 

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Learn More: Military
Life-Cycle Modules

These modules help enhance understanding of VA Education Benefits, Social and Emotional Health Resources, Community Integration Resources, Vet Centers, Reserve Component Dual Payments and Survivor and Casualty Assistance Resources.

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Learn More: VA
Solid Start

VA Solid Start creates a direct connection with transitioning Service members the first year of separation to offer support through the various challenges that arise and to offer insight into how to take advantage of benefits.

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Learn More: Economic
Development Initiatives

Events that help transitioning Service members, Veterans and their family members who are looking for career opportunities.

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Historical EDI Events


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Economic Development Initiatives (EDI)

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for the public events is made available on individual event pages. 

All events are open to the public except those noted that they are by-invitation only. 

There is no charge for EDI events.

After you register for an event, you will receive a confirmation email.