Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Agenda  (As of April 23, 2009)

2009 Spring Forum
Washington, DC
April 23-25, 2009

Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force | Meeting Summary

Day 1 | Day 2 |

Day 1, April 23

 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tour Walter Reed Army Medical Center

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Command Briefing

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Visit to the Military Advanced Training Center (Physical Rehabilitation Center)

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 

Visit to the Soldier Family Assistance Center and the Marion House

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 

Lunch at the Pentagon

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  

Tour of the Pentagon

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Day 2, April 24

 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Welcome and Introductions

Senator John Douglas (GA), Co-chair, NCSL Military Sustainability Task Force

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Warriors in Transition

Task Force members will have an opportunity to discuss highlights from the tour of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and possible policy topics that can be addressed by the Task Force.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Vice Admiral Michael C. Vitale, Commander, Navy Installations Command

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Education and Child Care Issues Facing Military Families

Military children often attend at least eight different schools during their k-12 education. This session will focus on state policies that can help mitigate the impacts of this change on the military children and families.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm 


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm  

Sustaining the Military Mission

Critical military installations and ranges that were once located in rural areas of our country, now increasingly neighbor large civilian populations, creating unintended nuisance hazards and land-use conflicts for the military’s new neighbors. This encroachment ultimately puts the military mission, and the neighboring state and local economies, at risk. This session will explore how state legislators can work to balance sound environmental protection and public safety with the vital economic benefits that a local military installation provides these governments. Well-crafted state legislative and regulatory efforts and, most importantly, strong partnerships with the neighboring communities and state governments are an integral part of that solution. This session will explore how sustainable relationships can help ensure sustainable military installations and ranges.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Policy Roundtable

This session will provide task force members the opportunity to discuss information shared during the topic sessions and begin to identify possible policies

5:00 pm