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Military and Veterans Affairs

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HELP FOR RETURNING VETERANS

SOLDIERMany veterans have a tough time making the transition to civilian life. Finding a job, obtaining education benefits and housing can all be a challenge, especially for disabled veterans. As more and more veterans return home, states are focused on programs to ensure that they receive the resources and information they need to make a smooth transition. 

 

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VETERANS AND COLLEGE

soldiersAlthough more than one million veterans are taking advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend college, veterans still face challenges on campuses across the country – ranging from a lack of understanding among other students and faculty, difficulty obtaining credit for military training and experience, or state residency requirements. These obstacles can prevent veterans from returning to school or make it more difficult for them to finish their degree. 
 

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PRESENTATIONS FROM THE FORUM

2014 Fall Forum logoView some of the presentations given at the recent Forum in Washington, D.C. 

 

 

 

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MILITARY'S IMPACT ON STATE ECONOMIES

Military vehiclesThe Department of Defense contributes billions of dollars each year to state economies through the operation of military installations. At least 20 states have completed or are in the process of completing a military economic impact study. Impacts generally include salaries and benefits paid to military personnel and retirees, defense contracts, local business activity supported by military operations, tax revenues and other military spending.

 

 

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OVERVIEW | MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

There are currently 1.2 million people serving in the armed forces, more than 23 million veterans and more than 420 military installations in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The military operations of the United States touch every state in some way, and state legislatures are playing an increasingly larger role in military issues.

NCSL tracks a variety of military and veterans issues, including: development near military installations; military-community partnerships to respond to mission change; veteran employment initiatives and hiring preferences; education programs; mental health; housing; and benefits for military personnel, veterans and their dependents.  

TASK FORCE

The NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs was created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. Membership currently includes 59 legislators representing 27 states. Learn more about the work of the task force, past meetings and how you can get involved.

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DATABASE

The National Conference of State Legislatures works to bring you updated information about bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia related to military and veterans issues. Search 2010-2014 legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor.

 

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FEATURED

  • Preparing for Duty

    This report covers the following military topics: military advisory bodies, commander's councils, land use planning, the role of adjutants general, grant programs, light pollution, noise, land conservation, and notification policies.

  • Sentinel Landscapes: A Novel Approach to Land Conservation

    In July 2013, federal agencies announced a new initiative to reduce the adverse effects of incompatible development. Known as the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, the aim is to sustain and protect military readiness, preserve agricultural land and protect wildlife habitat by focusing on areas where these priorities overlap.

  • Giving Veterans Hiring Preference

    Veterans offer a unique set of skills developed during their years of military service, yet unemployment rates for veterans remain high. With more military personnel returning home, state legislatures are more focused than ever on easing these veterans' transition to civilian jobs.

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