Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has called on U.S. local government organizations to help active-duty service members, veterans and their families through support programs, DoD News reported Saturday.
Jim Garamone writes Carter said during a speech at the National Association of Counties’ annual conference that a potential change in military personnel policies due to national security issues could also affect local communities.
“Let’s make a future where this is a two-way street where both military and civilian communities contribute to each other,” Carter told his audience.
He also urged the association to continue to promote science, technology, engineering and math education programs as well as introduce programs to empower veterans and their family members.
Carter cited research that shows that former service members are 20 percent more likely to donate to a charity and perform 30 more hours of volunteer labor a year.