ICMA has been highlighting best practices of cities and counties that have developed exemplary programs to assist veterans and their families and offers a nationwide network of city and county managers to spread the word about and replicate these programs. ICMA is partnering with national, state, and local government organizations to ensure that local governments have the tools needed to reintegrate and care for veterans and their families.
ICMA Veterans Programs
From Military to Local Government Employment
Resources to guide members of the military as they look to translate their passion for public service and work ethic into positions in the local government profession.
- Read the ICMA Publication: Veterans Guide to finding a job in local government.
- Read the ICMA publication: Veterans: Transitioning from a Career in the Military to Local Government.
- Read Breaking Into Local Government: A Guidebook for Career Changers, an ICMA publication.
- ICMA's one-page Fact Sheet for Local Governments caring for returning veterans and their families.
- The ICMA Coaching Program hosts a one-to-one coaching resource called CoachConnect where you can search for a free career coach.
- How to Plan for Life After Discharge
- Settling Down After Life in the Military
- National Association of County Veterans Association is a resource to locate a veterans service officer nationwide
- Army Veterans can find additional resources through the Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program
- Marine Veterans can find additional resources through the Marine for Life Network
- Navy Veterans can find additional resources through the Navy Transition Assistance (GPS) page
- Air Force Veterans can find additional resources through the Air Force Transition Assistance Program
- Military OneSource provides information for Veterans and transitioning service members
Veteran Homelessness Resources
- The United States Department of Labor has created the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
- The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans provides grants and training services, and offers direction to agencies that will educate and prepare homeless veterans for future employment.
Veteran Legislation Resources
- The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. One focus is on combating hunger in veteran and active duty military families who comprise 25-75% of recipients of food assistance in various towns and cities. NCSL offers a check list for local leaders seeking simple, low-cost ways to feed hungry families. They keep track of the legislation being presented and passed in each state that would assist veterans in easing the licensure/certification that NGA is proposing, as well as proposed legislation to assist veterans across the country.
See additional veterans content from ICMA like articles, case studies, blog posts, and more in the Veterans topic area.