The Veterans Caucus will host a Veteran Summit, November 7th, at the State Senate Office Building in Annapolis.
The Caucus is inviting over 100 veteran service organizations to send a representative as the voice of their veteran community. The goal of the Veteran Summit is to identify the top priorities within each of five separate categories: Health, Education, Jobs, Taxes, and Personal matters.
The initial list of issues was drawn from a search of over 360 veteran bills passed by one of the other 49 states during 2016, distilled down to 135 distinct ideas. Representatives at the Summit will use those categorized issues as a starting point from which to add or subtract from, then prioritize. Each issue shall be considered for impact on every member of the veteran family, including National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, spouses, children, disabled, Senior, Retired and the honorably discharged.
Invitations will be going out soon, however, organizations can contact the Caucus now and commit to participate. Veteran organizations that have multiple chapters throughout the state will be limited to a single representative. Any veteran organizations that want to participate should immediately contact the Caucus for assignment to a category working group. Every participant will have an opportunity to vote on every issue in every category at the end of the Summit.
The product of the summit will be a Veterans Agenda that will represent the voice of the veteran community to the Maryland General Assembly, providing a menu and road map for legislation. The Veterans Agenda will be a bipartisan, bi-cameral legislative agenda, and will form the core of the Veterans Caucus mission for years to come. The Veterans Agenda will light the path to make Maryland the most Veteran-friendly state in the Union.