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America owes a great debt to the men and women who have served in this nation's military. The National Conference of State Legislatures several years ago created the Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families.

As we approach Veterans Day, we asked the new co-chairs of the task force—Representative Tina L. Orwall (D) of Washington and Representative Dan Saddler (R) of Alaska—to talk about the future work of the task force. We discover how several major policy issues affect the well-being of former soldiers, and get a glimpse of why the two legislators are deeply invested in veterans issues.

Issues they say the task force will be looking at include jobs, energy, health care, transition, environment, courts, addiction recovery, economic development, mental health and suicide prevention. 

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