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By Jim Reed

Join colleagues at the NCSL Legislative Summit to hear from a top-notch lineup of speakers across a wide gamut of key military and veterans affairs issues.

((Members of the Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force visit Marine Base Quantico in Virginia.)

The NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force meets Sunday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An additional session on the impact of natural disasters on the military occurs, Monday, Aug. 1, from 2:45 to 3:45 pm.

Co-chairs Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Wash.) and Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Va.) welcome all delegates to the NCSL Legislative Summit to join these meetings.

The adjutant general of Colorado, Brig. Gen. Laura Clellan will address the group on topics related to the National Guard and emergency management. The adjutant general is both the chief of staff of the Colorado National Guard and the executive director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

David Callahan, director of the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs, will brief the group on innovative approaches to assisting veterans in Colorado.

Joining the discussion is prominent suicide prevention expert Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, the associate project director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Humphries-Wadsworth will share her expertise in effective state approaches to veteran suicide prevention.  Also featured is Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General. The meeting will be graced with the musical artistry created by Tennessee-based Operation Song, which empowers military veterans and servicemembers to tell their stories through songwriting.

Michal Reardon with the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor will provide updates on federal polices to assist military veterans with disabilities in finding employment, including state-federal partnerships. Also, Arapahoe County Colorado Commissioner Bill Holen will discuss veteran’s workforce services in his county.

Representatives from several key offices in the U.S. Department of Defense will provide state-focused information on grants and partnerships, including the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, and the Defense State Liaison Office.

On Monday at 2:45 p.m., come learn about state projects and partnerships in areas where changing environmental conditions threaten military installations and training. Department of Defense funding can be used to support natural infrastructure projects and compatible land use planning to complement state hazard mitigation efforts.

See the full Summit agenda and download the NCSL Events app from the App Store.

Jim Reed staffs the NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force.

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