Military and Veteran's Affairs Task Force Agenda and Presentations at NCSL Legislative Summit

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NCSL Legislative Summit
August 8-11, 2011

Military and Veteran's Affairs Task Force Members

Monday, August 8

Jim Collins forever changed how American businesses are judged with his mega-hit book "Good to Great," released in 2001. Since then, he has written other books, including "Built to Last" and "How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In," which provide advice for leaders of businesses and organizations. In this special presentation prepared for our legislative audience, Collins—who is an avid mountain climber—will share his insights on the ascent to leadership from his years of research.

A special tribute to the men and women serving in America's military will precede Collins' remarks, along with information on how you can help soldiers overseas. Plan on stopping by the NCSL bookstore and make a $10 donation to support Operation Interdependence (OI). OI distributes care packages and letters to our soldiers overseas. And, in our registration area, please take a moment to write a note to our troops overseas.

  • Presiding: Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts, NCSL President
  • Welcome: Speaker Joe Straus III, Texas
  • Military tribute: Retired Staff Sergeant Bobby Henline 
  • Keynote: Jim Collins

Task Force Convenes

Introductions and Welcoming Remarks

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas
  • Representative John Grange, Kansas

Discussion of Task Force Priorities and Upcoming Projects

  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas
  • Representative John Grange, Kansas
  • Jan Larkin, External Engagement Coordinator, Mission Sustainment Program, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Kringer, Director, State Liaison and Education Opportunity, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Role of the Texas Veterans Commission

  • Colonel Thomas Palladino, Executive Director and Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Texas Veterans Commission, Texas

MOVE Act Compliance

This panel will address how different states are complying with the MOVE (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) Act. The MOVE Act of 2009 protects the right to vote for military and overseas voters.

Presiding: Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas


  • Bob Carey, Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Defense, Virginia Download Presentation
  • Elizabeth Hanshaw Winn, Legal Director, Elections Division, Office of the Secretary of State, Texas Download Presentation

Bringing Home the Troops

This session will focus on mission sustainability, military readiness and military family issues associated with bringing home the troops; proposed and enacted state initiatives and best practices; and how the Department of Defense and individual services are interacting with the states and local governments. Highlighted in particular will be the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court which assists veterans and their families in becoming integral and productive members of the community through a collaborative effort.


  • Jan Larkin, External Engagement Coordinator, Mission Sustainment Program, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Kringer, Director, State Liaison and Education Opportunity, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Coffey, Chair, Program Design Subcommittee, Bexar County Veterans' Treatment Court, San Antonio
  • Roundtable of Various Perspectives on the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court: Download Presentation
    • Honorable Wayne Christian, Judge, Bexar County Court At Law Number 6;
    • Mike McCollum, Court Manager, Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court
    • Desi Vásquez, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist - Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, South Texas Veterans Health Care System
    • Aurora Sanchez, Executive Director, Bexar County Dept. of Community Resources

Strategies for States and the Military to Share Health Information

(Joint session with the Transforming Health Care Through Technology Partners Project)

Having access to patient health information is essential for military families, the states and military health care providers. This program will examine ways for the military to make Tri-Care electronic health records for service members and families available to the states. In addition, speakers will explore ways for the states to share vaccination information with the military.


  • Senator Jeremy Nordquist, Nebraska
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas


  • Colonel Ralph Franco, Director-Total Army Medical Department Systems Management, U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School, Texas Download Presentation
  • Tony Gilman, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Services Authority, Austin, Texas Download Presentation

Working Lunch - Bringing Home the Troops

Speakers and task force members will discuss experiences with critical mission sustainability and military readiness impact of the return of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and how states legislators can better prepare states and local governments for the return of these troops.

Presiding: Representative John Grange, Kansas


  • Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General, Texas Military Forces, Texas
  • Captain Robert Bennett, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Fort Worth, JRB, U. S. Navy, Texas

Task Force Business:

  • Update on the establishment of Commanders’ Councils in states hosting multiple military installations.
  • Consideration of task force resolutions addressing REPI, DoD Matching Funds and Increased Federal-State Partnering
  • Task Force Next Steps 

Wednesday, August 10

Women's Legislative Network Annual Lunch and Business Meeting (Room CC-201)

This session will give an overview about the Center for the Intrepid and relate some specific examples about female patients and their unique experiences. The most advanced facility of its type in the world, the Center provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation therapy for soldiers wounded in the ongoing war on terror combined with sophisticated research in prosthetics, robotics, virtual reality and biomechanics.

Presiding: Representative Rosie M. Berger, Wyoming


  • Rebecca S. Hooper, PT, PhD, COL(R), Program Manager, Center for the Intrepid, Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas
  • Kimberly Olson, Grace After Fire, Texas

Issue Forum: Preparing for Bringing Home the Troops (Room CC-218)

(Sponsored by the Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force) 

With the end of combat in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, America’s troops are and will continue to return home to installations, bases and communities that will feel the stress of growth and expansion. Installations and bases will soon be operating their training mission at full capacity adding stress to land use, families and the surrounding communities. This raises issues of mission sustainability, military readiness and military family issues. This forum will address how various levels of government are preparing to meet the needs of returning members of the military, particularly those with physical and mental injuries.

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Moderator:  Representative Dan Flynn, Texas


  • John Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington D.C.
  •  Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, Chief of the Army Reserve, United States Army Reserve Command, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 11

TOUR:  American GI Forum Residential Center for Veterans

Delegates are invited to tour the veterans’ facility run by the American GI Forum which offers temporary housing, job training and a host of other services to homeless veterans. To reserve a space, contact Brooke Oleen, 785-341-3624 or