A Mission to Serve: State Activities to Help Veterans Access Transportation

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A Mission to Serve: State Activities to Help Veterans Access Transportation Webinar

Today, about 23 million Americans are military veterans, with tens of thousands more returning home as the American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down. Many of these men and women need reliable, affordable and accessible transportation choices to get to work and school, visit family and friends and receive medical care and community services.

Many states are now working to ensure that every veteran—regardless of his or her geographical location, physical ability, financial constraints or other circumstances—has a dignified and dedicated means of transportation for everyday and special travel.

In January 2013, NCSL produced an analysis of state activities that help military veterans access transportation, based on nationwide survey research. This webinar will provide an overview of the report and highlight ways in which states support veterans' transportation, including interagency coordination; funding; veterans’ transportation programs; leadership; exemptions from fees, taxes, fares and tolls and more.

Panelists will include speakers from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and representatives of two states with unique approaches to facilitating access to transportation options for veterans.


  • Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Texas (co-chair of NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs)


  • Rik Opstelten, United We Ride, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Jaime Rall and Alice Wheet, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  • Kim Adair, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT)
  • Dinah Vanderhyde, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Public Transit Division