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Veteran Resources Lunch & Learn - Atlanta

Veteran Resources Lunch & Learn - Atlanta

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Event Details


Learn about the resources that are available to help our veterans with housing, counseling, education and tax incentives that will help them transition from the war zone back to the workplace. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is committed to supporting our veteran community, and we are developing a dedicated group that can share these resources with others. This Lunch & Learn will be held at the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) which is GMA's chosen charity of choice for 2018.

 Lunch will be provided and all proceeds from this event will go to support VEO.  A tour of VEO will follow the Lunch & Learn.

VEO provides housing and resources for veterans in transition and helps their residents complete their Self-Sufficiency Model.  This program focuses on taking the “invisible veterans” off the streets and provides housing, treatment for addiction, basic necessities, medical care, mental health counseling, life-skills training and workforce development support.  To learn more, visit   
Patrick Ballard - GMA Veterans Liaison

Patrick Ballard is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Air Force, and he will facilitate a panel discussion that will address issues regarding Veterans Resources, Tax Incentives Regarding Hiring our Heros, and how GMA Members can come together to support VEO and our Veterans. 

Tyler Bowser - VEO Ambassador

Tyler Bowser will share his personal story of how found himself homeless after returning from his service in the U.S. Air Force, and his remarkable journey to recovery through VEO's Self-Sufficiency program.  He is now an ambassador for VEO and travels across the state to share the mission and vision of VEO.

Tim Howe, Smith & Howard - Tax Tips for Businesses Hiring Veterans

There are some significant tax incentives available to businesses that hire veterans. Understanding the incentives and the reporting requirements is key. Join Tim Howe, Partner with Atlanta accounting firm Smith & Howard and veteran with the U.S. Navy as he provides a quick walk-thru of these important tax breaks.

John “J.J.” Irvine, GDOL State Veterans Program Coordinator 

 J.J. Irvine is a U.S. Airforce Veteran and  currently serves as the State Veterans Program Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL), where he oversees the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program which includes the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.

Debbie McKinley, Home Depot - Veteran Hiring and Veteran Business Resource Groups

As senior director of human resources for The Home Depot, Debbie McKinley oversees a team that provides HR collaboration and support for store operations and Field HR.  Debbie is also the VEO Board of Directors, Board Chair and prior to joining The Home Depot, she served in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation supply officer.

 This event is co-sponsored with APICS - Atlanta