Military and Veterans Affairs


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Preventing Military Veteran Suicides: State Policy Options

The 2020 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report on military veteran suicide, catalogs 17.6 veteran suicides per day in 2018. The suicide rate for veterans is 1.5 times the rate for the population at large. Suicide is a preventable cause of death. States, local governments and the federal government are implementing a variety of strategies to reverse its escalation. 


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Military Spouse Employment Policies

The unemployment rate for military spouses is five times higher than the civilian population. Despite significant legislation in recent years, military spouses continue to grapple with regulations and processes that can make it difficult to find work, particularly in licensed professions. This primer outlines state and federal policies to ease the path to employment for spouses who relocate based on a military transfer.



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Military and Veteran Publications

NCSL tracks a variety of military and veterans issues including veterans employment and others. This new resource page includes a list with links to NCSL’s military-related publications.


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Military Veterans in State Legislatures for 2021 

An NCSL analysis conducted after the 2020 elections identified at least 911 military veterans currently serving in the legislatures of the 50 states and five U.S. territories.  Click to see the number of military veterans in your state.


Military and Veterans Affairs

The NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs was created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. Learn about the work of the task force and how you can get involved.


State Legislation

NCSL works to bring you updated information about bills introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia related to military and veterans issues. Search 2010-2021 legislation by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor.