Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs
A regular meeting of the Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs was held on Dec. 6, 2016 in conjunction with NCSL's Capitol Forum in Washington, D.C. The meeting was held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., N.W., Washington, D.C.
The task force was created in 2007 to address issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. Among the issues covered: development near military installations; military-community partnerships to respond to mission change; veteran hiring and procurement preferences; mental health, substance abuse and family relationships facing returning veterans; and benefits for military personnel, veterans and their dependents. The task force consists of 54 state legislators and legislative staff from 29 states.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes
Representative Dan Flynn, Texas Opening Remarks by Task Force Co-Chairs
Improving Veterans Health Care
This session examined the state of the VA healthcare system, including implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 and expansion of telehealth services. Speakers assessed opportunities for states to partner with the VA to improve access to care.
Veterans Treatment Courts
Mental health disorders common among veterans can lead to involvement in the criminal justice system. Veterans courts are designed to meet the particular needs of veterans through a coordinated approach that emphasizes treatment and personal accountability over incarceration.
State Spotlight: Virginia Veterans Programs
This session explored innovative programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia that provide transition resources to separating service members and help employers recognize the value veterans can bring to their workforce.
NCSL Official Release | Preparing for Duty: State Policy Options to Sustain Military Installations
This updated report highlights the importance of the military on state economies and provides state policy options to strengthen the relationship between bases and surrounding communities.
DoD Office of Economic Adjustment Update
The Office of Economic Adjustment has helped communities in all 50 states and several U.S. territories develop strategies to adjust to defense industry cutbacks, base closures, force structure realignments and base expansion.
DoD State Liaison Office Update
Each year the DoD State Liaison Office identifies 10 key policies states can explore to assist military members and their families.
Policies Priorities for the National Guard
This session focused on issues directly impacting members of the National Guard and their families, including budget cuts, force structure, infrastructure improvements, benefits, etc.
Additional Session: Thursday, December 8
Workforce Development for People with Disabilities Breakfast Session
Joint session of the Labor and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Budgets and Revenues Committees and Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force
Individuals with disabilities, visible and otherwise, are a large and vital part of our nation's workforce. A new report was presented by NCSL/CSG National Task Force on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities with policy options for how states can help meet the needs of these workers and how businesses can harness the unique perspectives of these employees to drive innovation and improvement.