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Mission Statement

This task force was created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families.

Among the issues to be covered: development near military installations; military-community partnerships to respond to mission change; veteran hiring and procurement preferences; mental health, substance abuse and family relationships facing returning veterans; and benefits for military personnel, veterans and their dependents.

NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Co-Chair: Representative Marvin L. Abney, Rhode Island
Co-Chair: Senator Bryce E. Reeves, Virginia
Vice Chair: Senator Scott Kawasaki, Alaska
Vice Chair: Senator Stephan Pappas, Wyoming

NCSL Contacts: Brooke Oleen (Denver)  Jim Reed (Denver)  Deanna Ross (D.C.)  Jennifer Schultz (Denver) 

Members by States

Senator Scott Kawasaki
Representative Laddie Shaw
Representative Will Stapp
Senator Sonny Borrelli
Representative Karilyn Brown
Senator Ricky Hill
Senator Greg Leding
Representative Mark Perry
Senator Bob Archuleta
Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
Representative Richard Holtorf
Representative David Ortiz
Senator Ed Harbison
Representative Richard Smith
Senator Brandon J.C. Elefante
Senator Glenn Wakai
Representative Stephanie A. Kifowit
Representative Lance Yednock
Representative Matthew Koch
Senator Brandon Smith
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Delegate Mike Rogers
Representative Jerald A. Parisella
Senator Michael F. Rush
Senator John C. Velis
Representative Jerry Newton
Representative Brad Barker
Senator Kenneth Bogner
Senator John Fuller
Representative Paul Green
Assemblymember Reuben D'Silva
Assemblymember Clara Thomas
New Jersey
Assemblymember Joe Danielsen
Assemblymember Cleopatra G. Tucker
New Mexico
Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon
Senator Gregory A. Baca
Senator Harold Pope
North Carolina
Representative John R. Bell
Senator Michael A. Lazzara
North Dakota
Representative Lawrence R. Klemin
Representative Jeremy Olson
Representative Adam C. Miller
Puerto Rico
President Jose L. Dalmau Santiago
Rhode Island
Representative Marvin L. Abney
Senator Walter S. Felag Jr.
Senator Frank S. Lombardo III
South Dakota
Senator Larry P. Zikmund
Senator Richard Briggs
Representative Val L. Peterson
Representative Lisa Hango
Senator Bryce E. Reeves
Representative Mari Leavitt
Representative Tina Orwall
West Virginia
Delegate Pat McGeehan
Delegate Doug Smith
Representative Bill Henderson
Senator Troy McKeown
Senator Stephan Pappas
Representative Clarence Styvar

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Task Force Meetings

Site Visits

U.S. Naval War College and Naval Station
Newport, R.I.
June 1, 2023

Naval Base Kitsap
May 2022
Marine Corps Base Hawaii and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
October 2019
Arlington, Va.
Dec. 4, 2018
U.S. Navy SEAL Training Facility 
Coronado, Calif.
December 2017

Kirtland Air Force Base
Albuquerque, N.M.
April 20, 2017

Marine Corps Base Quantico
Quantico, Va.
Dec. 7, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Tacoma, Wash.
August 2, 2015

Buckley Air Force Base
Aurora, Colo.
June 4, 2015

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska
May 29, 2014

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, Md. 
Dec. 3, 2013

Fort Riley, Forbes Field & McConnell Air Force Base
Topeka, Kan.
Oct. 17-19, 2011

Luke Air Force Base
Glendale, Ariz.
Dec., 2010

Buckley Air Force Base
Aurora, Colo.
May 20, 2010

San Diego Naval Facility
San Diego
Dec. 9, 2009

Camp Pendleton
San Diego
Dec. 8, 2009

Fort A.P. Hill
Fredericksburg, Va.
June 8-9, 2009

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Bethesda, Md.
April 24, 2009

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Tucson, Ariz.
Jan. 30, 2009



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