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What’s New in NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs?

Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a holiday created to honor all those who have served in an American war. It began as Armistice Day in 1919, the first anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War I—the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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They Are All Heroes on the Honor Flights

I took two days’ vacation from NCSL last month and put on my Honor Flight guardian hat. As a guardian, I travel with the veterans and physically assist them at the airport, during the flight, at the hotel and at the memorials.

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Supporting Military Spouses Through Occupational License Recognition

There are more than 630,000 military spouses in the United States. Compared to civilians, military spouses are 10 times more likely than other workers to have moved to a new state in the last year due to military relocation.

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New NCSL Report: A Path to Employment for Veterans With Disabilities

A new report by NCSL—A Path to Employment for Veterans with Disabilities—catalogues an extensive array of services and benefits designed to improve the lives of military veterans with disabilities by providing opportunities for meaningful employment.

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Military and Veterans Issues at the Legislative Summit

State lawmakers learned about a wide range of state policy options when it comes to helping military veterans and about strengthening the military aspect of their state’s economy.

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen

Originating as Decoration Day in May 1868, when the graves of war dead were decorated with flowers, Memorial Day was established as a national holiday on the last Monday of May, honoring all military personnel who have died in American wars.

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Honoring the Veterans of the Vietnam War

“On the worst days, no one expected to get through it alive. A despair set in among members of the battalion that the older ones, the veterans of two other wars, had never seen before.” The bestselling book, "Dispatches," a 260-page memoir by war correspondent Michael Herr, includes this up-close perspective of the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War.

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Occupational Licensing and Military Spouses: States Consider New Solutions

Military spouses often struggle to find and maintain employment due to frequent moves, making them some of the most mobile workers in the labor market and leaving them particularly vulnerable to licensing requirements that often vary greatly from state to state.

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Election 2018: 6 States Said Yes to Housing Affordability

It’s not just you (or me): Housing affordability is on everyone’s mind these days. On Election Day, voters in six states approved ballot measures to help address housing affordability concerns—particularly for veterans.

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Remembering My Father's Korean War Service

“We lost both pilots of the aircraft that were downed yesterday. Our cruise has lost six pilots so far. Perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you these things, but it’s all part of the price we are paying for freedom.” That’s an excerpt of one of the 110 letters my father, Lt. Junior Grade James B. Reed, sent to his parents during his service in Korean War.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.