Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Agenda and Presentations | 2015 Legislative Summit

8/20/2015

Seattle Legislative Summit Logo

Sunday,  Aug. 2,  2015

Tour

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Wash.

Monday,  Aug. 3,  2015

NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

  • Opening Remarks by Task Force co-chairs: Representative Dan Flynn (R-Texas) and Representative Ken Ito (D-Hawaii)
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions: Task Force Members and Guests

Welcome to Washington

Speaker

  • Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, Adjutant General, Washington National Guard

 Discussion of Proposed Policy Resolutions

 Sponsor

  • Representative Tom Sloan (R-Kan)

From Military Service to “Green” Service: Lessons from the Washington State Veterans Conservation Corps

 A partnership between Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Center for Natural Lands Management, and the Veterans Conservation Corps protects the military mission while providing job training to veterans in the environmental field.

Presiding

  • Kristin Thomasgard-Spence, program director, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment)

 Speakers

  •  Hannah Anderson, program manager, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, Wash.
  •  Jason Alves, program manager, Veterans Conservation Corps, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  •  Matt West, intern coordinator, Veterans Conservation Corps, Olympia, Wash.

Update from the DoD-State Liaison Office

 Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito (D-Hawaii)

Speaker

  • Thomas Hinton, senior state liaison, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) | PDF Presentation

Potential Impacts from Defense Budget Cuts & Available Resources

Presiding

  • Representative Dan Flynn (R-Texas)

 Speakers

  • Gary Willis, program director, U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Washington, D.C.
  • Kristin√© Reeves, lead, Governor’s Military and Defense Sector, Washington Department of Commerce

U.S. Army Reserve: “Twice the Citizen”

Presiding

  • Representative Dan Flynn (R-Texas)

Speaker

  • Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, deputy chief, Army Reserve

 Veterans Hiring Commitments in the Private Sector

Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito (D-Hawaii)

Speaker

  • Bill McSherry, vice president, State and Local Government, and Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Company, Washington | PDF Presentation

Military Suicide Prevention

This session explores efforts in Washington State to expand suicide prevention and mental health care for veterans. | PDF Presentation (complete session)

Presiding

  • Representative Tina Orwall (D-Wash.)

Speakers

  • Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sue Eastgard, director, Training, Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, Seattle
  • Paul Quinnett, president and CEO, QPR Institute, Inc., Spokane, Wash.
  • Scot Pondelick, president, National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide; chair, King County Veterans Advisory Board; co-founder, The Veterans Resource Fair

State Support for Female Veterans

Joint with Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL

This session examined how states are addressing the unique needs of female veterans regarding education, employment and reintegration.

Presiding

  • Representative Tina Orwall (D-Wash.)

Speakers

  • Col. David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.). Chairman and co-founder, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Kimberly M. Mitchell (Former U.S. Navy), president and co-founder, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Washington, D.C.

Task Force Adjourns