Military Affairs and Defense

CHAPTER 30-17.1
Veterans' Affairs

SECTION 30-17.1-11

§ 30-17.1-11 The duties of the committee.

(a) The advisory committee acting through the office of veterans' affairs, shall work in conjunction with the department of human services to develop, maintain and annually update a five-year (5) statewide veterans' services strategic plan ("VSSP") that includes goals and measurable outcomes to ensure that all departments deliver comprehensive services and supports for veterans and their families.

(b) The advisory committee shall conduct an analysis of study toward the development of the "VSSP" that shall include, but not be limited to, the following veterans' issues:

(1) Access to benefits;

(2) Employment opportunities;

(3) Veteran-owned small business growth;

(4) Educational attainment;

(5) Job skills training;

(6) Behavioral health;

(7) Long-term health care options;

(8) Criminal justice issues; and

(9) Homelessness.

(c) Establish a veterans' committee comprised of no fewer than five (5) veterans, representing diverse interests and viewpoints, that shall provide input to the advisory committee on all matters pertaining to the preparation or implementation of the veterans' services strategic plan. The committee shall receive administrative support from the departments and the members shall not receive compensation for their service. The committee shall meet at least quarterly and at the call of the co-chairs or four (4) members of the veterans' committee.

(d) The "VSSP" shall:

(1) Be based upon comprehensive data gained through open and transparent engagement of veterans' stakeholders;

(2) Produce veteran-centric policies and procedures informed by forward looking planning;

(3) Realistically assess resource adequacy and capabilities delivered;

(4) Ensure that existing resources are aligned to mission critical objectives;

(5) Compliment, as well as leverage, existing U.S. Veterans' Administration programs and best practices;

(6) Foster state, federal, and private partnerships that seamlessly deliver exceptional services to the state's veteran population; and

(7) More effectively coordinate the delivery of veterans' services to all current and future veterans in Rhode Island.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2013, ch. 177, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 215, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 142, art. 4, § 16.)