More than 2.5 million veterans already have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and nearly 50,000 more will come home from Afghanistan this year. Combine that situation with the likelihood of a slimmer Defense budget—and, in turn, lower troop levels—and it's clear that governments at all levels will need to ensure the proper services and benefits are in place to adequately welcome these troops home and help them become fully reintegrated into society.
To ensure that legislators and legislative staff have access to the most useful, relevant information on these topics, NCSL recently teamed up with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the National League of Cities (NLC) to produce a webinar series.
The series consists of four sessions, with each focusing on a particular policy area affecting returning veterans: housing and homelessness, education access and affordability, access to care (mental/physical healthcare, etc.), and employment and training. Below you can find links to each of the archived sessions, along with presenter bios and additional information.
If you have any questions regarding this webinar series, please contact Jon Jukuri in NCSL's DC office.
To learn more about NCSL's Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs, click here.