TASK FORCE TO STUDY STATE ASSISTANCE TO VETERANS

Mary Ann Love, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)
Douglas J. J. Peters, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Brig. Gen. William C. Bilo U.S. Army (ret.), Thomas B. Insley, Sr.; Sandy V. Lofton; Tracy E. Miller; Frederick E. (Ted) Porter; Capt. Constance A. Walker, U.S. Navy (ret.).

Ex officio: Lt. Col. Michael E. Gafney, designee of Adjutant General; Brian M. Hepburn, M.D., designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; James A. Adkins, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Staff: Marie L. Grant

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In July 2006, the Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans initially formed, and it reformed in June 2007 (Chapter 290, Acts of 2006; Chapters 197 & 198, Acts of 2007). The Task Force was to consider what services are provided to veterans, their families and survivors, and what services they need, including medical and hospice care, and mental health services. The feasibility of establishing homes for veterans, and regional outreach and advocacy centers was evaluated as well. In addition, the Task Force gauged the potential impact on the provision of services to increased numbers of veterans returning from recent military conflicts; and sought ways to improve outreach to women who are eligible for veteran-related benefits.

The Task Force submitted its interim report to the Governor and General Assembly on January 22, 2008, and its final report on December 22, 2008. Authorization for the Task Force ended May 31, 2009.

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