SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 3
(By Senators Wells, Yost, Edgell, D. Facemire, Helmick, Sypolt, Jenkins, Browning, Kirkendoll, Wills, Klempa and Stollings)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to continue studying the needs, challenges and issues facing West Virginia military veterans, West Virginia citizens serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, the West Virginia National Guard and other military affairs of the State of West Virginia.
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has a proud heritage of military service members, veterans and military family members; and
Whereas, West Virginia is home to more military service members and veterans per capita than any other state in the nation;
Whereas, The West Virginia National Guard is continuously above service and preparedness strength, has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top forces in the country and its members are nationally renowned for their professionalism, courage and commitment to duty; and
Whereas, Department of Defense projections indicate that most troops deployed to Iraq will return by the end of 2011 and from Afghanistan by 2012, which will result in an abrupt increase of troops returning to civilian life facing unprecedented readjustment
Whereas, Additionally, aging veterans of previous conflicts are facing worsening problems as they enter their retirement years; and
Whereas, The Legislature finds that it should take an active role in studying, formulating and implementing resources and programs that support West Virginia citizens serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, the West Virginia National Guard as well as veterans of military service to better assist them and their family members in getting the care, services and opportunities that they have earned and deserve; and
Whereas, The Select Committee on Veterans Affairs has a demonstrated history of initiating legislation promoting and facilitating the establishment of programs to assist returning veterans, including, but not limited to, the veteran friendly campus legislation as well as legislation to establish a program for veteran friendly communities and continues to monitor the implementation and development of such programs; and
Whereas, Because of the state’s consistent resident and citizen support of the nation's armed forces and the West Virginia National Guard, the Legislature of West Virginia should continue to receive input on and develop measures on a continuing basis during interim periods in order to provide the best available educational, vocational, social and medical support services for our state's military personnel and veterans that it can; and
Whereas, The interim Select Committee on Veterans Affairs provides the Legislature a means to continuously monitor and develop various programs and resources to assist our state’s military personnel and military veterans; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to continue studying the needs, challenges and issues facing West Virginia military veterans, West Virginia citizens serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, the West Virginia National Guard and other military affairs of the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.