Resolution Supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans

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WHEREAS, the States strongly support the efforts and sacrifices made by all men and women of the armed forces – active duty, reserve, National Guard and veterans – to protect the United States and preserve our way of life; and

WHEREAS, there are currently 1.2 million people serving in the armed forces and more than 21 million veterans who have previously served in the armed forces; and 

WHEREAS, there are more than 400 military installations located in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; and 

WHEREAS, the States have an interest in promoting the quality of life for citizens that serve on active duty, the reserves, or National Guard, and veterans; and 

WHEREAS, more than 250,000 service members transition out of the armed forces each year; and

WHEREAS, as veterans return home, appropriate programs and initiatives are required to ensure that veterans receive the information and resources needed to make a smooth transition into civilian life; and

WHEREAS, the States support making it easier for veterans to receive all benefits and services available to them including education, job training, housing, health care, and assistance in finding employment.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments requests that the Congress and the Executive Branch work with the States to promote the quality of life for all men and women of the armed forces and improve state-federal coordination in the provision of and greater access to programs, services, and benefits that support veterans’ employment,
education, job training, health, and housing needs.

Adopted December 13, 2015 by The Council of State Governments’ Executive Committee.