This toolkit serves as a step-by-step guide for Locals to engage military veterans in all aspects of active union membership. Included in this toolkit are suggested communications strategies, organizing best practices and legislative/political tactics for veterans. There is no one best way to build a robust and active veterans program, but we have laid the foundation to ensure uniformity among AFGE Locals.
AFGE Veterans brings union members, who are military veterans, together to speak out on the issues that impact veterans most. Those issues include the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA. AFGE is one of 36 national unions that makes up the Union Veterans Council (UVC), under the AFL-CIO. Additionally, we hold private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions. Consider that one-third of federal civil servants are veterans, AFGE has the capacity to influence Congress, but only if union veterans are effectively organized and efficiently mobilized.
The 3 key objectives of AFGE veterans are: