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Join the Conversation on National Service

A wide-ranging congressionally mandated study by a commission of distinguished public servants calls on the American people to recommit to the spirit of public service that is embedded in the history of the United States.

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Memorial Day: A Time for Respect and Remembrance

On Memorial Day, we set aside time to remember and respect the loss of life from the ranks of our military services.

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National Guard Aids State Efforts in COVID-19 Response

NCSL has compiled a new resource that catalogues the efforts of the National Guard during the COVID-19 crisis.

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From Isolation to Recognition: State Legislatures Honor Vietnam Veterans

Here and now, isolation is a real thing. Or at least some of us understand the concept better. It hits deep, those feelings.

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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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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.