Montana’s lieutenant governor will join his counterpart from Alabama in co-chairing a national committee created to address some of the biggest issues facing military veterans at the state level.

John Walsh, the former Montana adjutant general who now serves as lieutenant governor, was selected to co-chair the National Lieutenant Governors Association’s State Strategies in Military Affairs Committee.

Walsh will lead the committee with Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey.

“We as a nation have made some progress with regards to our vets,” Walsh said on Thursday. “But there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done to strengthen how we serve veterans.”

Walsh said roughly 100,000 military vets remain homeless on any given night, and the VA is facing a lengthy backlog in processing VA claims and benefits.

While some of the issues rise to the federal level and remain the work of Congress and the VA itself, Walsh said the committee will look at ways of solving some of the problems at home.

“We’ll identify what we can across the nation as best practices, what some states are doing well and ideas we can share,” Walsh said. “We’ll look at what we can do from the state level to make improvements.”

NLGA is a professional association providing the first-line successors to state governors the opportunity to research and exchange ideas on pressing social issues.

The new military affairs committee will work to advance the causes of military members, veterans and their families.

“He (Walsh) understands not only the challenges faced by service members and veterans, but also the impacts of service on their family members,” Gov. Steve Bullock said. “His experience and commitment on military affairs is unmatched.”

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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JimS
JimS

America's Free War's and No Sacrifice, of the present generations and passing costs onto the next while ignoring or giving lip service on the issues of the veterans' from, for Those Who've Served In, DeJa-Vu!!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

The Whole Country Served, Not Just The Many Caring Groups, with handfuls of members and volunteers, who have to fight for funding when successful and not getting grants, Within!!

"If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

"Why in 2009 were we still using paper?" VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers "When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we've been operating on a six month wait for over a decade." 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

Something never mentioned by those that did and those that fully supported the doing, The rubber stamping rapidly rising deficits started Before 9/11 and these wars and continued with right up to the collapsed economy!!

Deficits, especially huge, means the costs of wars and long term results from are passed on to later generations, present is all borrowed, DeJa-Vu all over again!!

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

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