Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Agenda and Presentations | June 2015

8/18/2015

Buckley Air Force BaseThe NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force held a meeting June 4-5, 2015, in Denver. In addition to an informative program on various issues affecting the U.S. military and returning veterans, members also had the opportunity to visit Buckley Air Force Base in nearby Aurora.

Thursday | June 4

Tour: Buckley Air Force Base - Aurora, Colorado

Friday | June 5

NCSL Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force Meeting Convenes

  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Co-chair opening remarks: Representative Dan Flynn, Texas, and Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii
  • Review of agenda and meeting folder contents: Jim Reed, NCSL

U.S. Department of Defense Program Updates

Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker

  • Kristin Thomasgard-Spence, program director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)

Potential Impacts from Defense Budget Cuts and Available Resources

Presiding

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers

  • Gary Willis, program lead, Office of Economic Adjustment, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  •  Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Denver, CO | PDF Presentation

Veterans Employment Issues

Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker

  • Marion Cain, associate director, Training Readiness and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) | PDF Presentation

Task force member discussion to follow

Connecting Veterans to Careers in Agriculture

Presiding

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers

  • James L. McCormick, director, West Virginia Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program | PDF Presentation
  • Richard Murphy, program manager, Veterans to Farmers, Denver

Q and A with Colorado’s Adjutant General

Presiding: Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speaker

  • Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general of Colorado, Commander of the Colorado National Guard

Arts and The Military

Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker

  • Jay Dick, senior director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

State Services for Veterans: Colorado

Presiding

  • Representative Ken Ito, Hawaii

Speaker

  • Ben Mestas, director, Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs | PDF Presentation

Service Dogs and Military Veterans

Presiding

  • Representative Dan Flynn, Texas

Speakers

  • Sarah Sarni, Kristie Morales, Angela Miller and Nora Mund, Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-PAWW), University of Colorado Denver
  • Lynette Legoski and Debbie Davidson, Wings-and-Warriors, Florissant, Colo.

Discussion of Next Task Force Meeting at Legislative Summit, Aug. 2-3 in Seattle

Task Force adjourns

Reception at NCSL Denver Office/Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum