State and Territorial Support for Members of the Military, Veterans and Their Families
Every state and territory in the nation counts current or former members of the U.S. military and the National Guard as part of their population. The nation’s governors recognize the value that these men and women bring home as a result of their service and are implementing programs and investing in resources to su pport their needs and those of their families, according to a recently updated survey by the National Governors Association (NGA). While the federal government funds and manages numerous programs to support service members and veterans throughout the life cycle of their military careers, many of their needs must be ultimately met at the state and community level. As the following report shows, every state and territory is going well beyond the services provided by the federal government, offering expanded benefits in areas such as tax incentives, life insurance, professional licensure, scholarships, employment services and emergency financial assistance.