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.

Transitioning Resources

Veteran and Community Resources

  • National Resource Directory - The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them.

  • VA Office of Community Engagement - The mission of the VHA Office of Community Engagement is to serve as a trusted resource and a catalyst for the growth of effective partnerships at the national, state, and community level and as a facilitator/access point for public and private entities interested in partnering with VHA to benefit veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.

  • PsychArmor-PsychArmor® Institute provides critical resources to Americans so they can effectively engage with and better support military service members, veterans, and their families across our nation.

  • Make the Connection - An online resource designed to connect veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.

Veteran Homelessness Resources

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.

  •  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 - To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.