Supporting the Veteran Community
An Exploration of State-Level Benefits
About this commentary series
In the post-9/11 era, a “sea of goodwill” has formed to support veterans, servicemembers, their families, and survivors. While services from nonprofit organizations and federal agencies are widely known, veteran benefits offered by states are less so. State-level benefits, though extensive, vary widely and are often difficult to identify. To fill that gap, CNAS developed a State Veteran Benefit Finder with easily searchable information about 1,814 identified benefits. The accompanying report, “From Sea to Shining Sea: State-Level Benefits for Veterans,” offers analysis of trends in state-level benefits. As follow-on work, the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program will publish a series of commentaries highlighting specific topics in greater depth to inform veterans and their families of benefits available.