Veterans Innovation Task Force to meet for first time on Wednesday


COLUMBIA, Mo. — A new task force charged with reviewing existing services for veterans, services members, and their families will meet for the first time this week.

The Missouri Veterans Innovation Task Force will convene during the Missouri Veterans Commission’s annual leadership conference. The public is invited to attend the task force meeting, which will be held at 2 p.m. on November 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Columbia.

“Missouri has a tremendous group of Veterans who are business innovators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders who understand the needs and concerns of Veterans and how to implement change and improve organizations,” Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Grace Link said. “We want to tap into their expertise and use their ideas to improve our organization. We invite Veterans and their families to attend and participate in this process. Their input is essential.”

The Veterans Innovation Task Force is set to review Missouri’s existing services to its veterans, service members, and their families and make impactful recommendations to the Governor following their work. Their goal is to make Missouri the best state in the nation in how veterans are serviced.

The task force is made up of veterans, federal and state agency representatives, and community leaders from across the Show-Me State who were empaneled to help the Veterans Commission identify the changing needs of Missouri Veterans and develop innovative ways to best meet those needs.

The Veterans Commission Leadership Conference is an annual training conference for MVC staff, including Veterans Service Officers, Veterans Homes health care staff, and Veterans Cemeteries staff. The conference runs from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8.

MVC employees, grant partners, and service organizations will also be recognized for their dedicated service by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission Tim Noonan, and Link during the Leadership Conference.