CARSON CITY, NV - March 20, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak delivered remarks, signed an executive order, and presented two proclamations at the opening ceremony for the 2019 Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature.
“I was honored to be part of this morning’s beautiful tribute to our veterans, military members, and their families,” Governor Sisolak said. “To demonstrate my commitment to our veterans, I was proud to sign an executive order today to establish the State of Nevada Veteran Peer Mentor Group, which will help ensure veterans have the support they need to successfully transition to civilian careers after military service.”
Executive Order 2019-05 establishes the State of Nevada Veteran Peer Mentor Group, a voluntary program for state employees to provide mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities to their fellow state employees who are veterans, members of the Nevada National Guard, and members of the U.S. armed forces reserves. Mentors from across state government will meet periodically to share best practices surrounding veteran services and resources, community events, and veteran recognition.
Governor Sisolak also presented two proclamations at this morning’s ceremony. One proclamation declares the week of March 17-23, 2019 as Women’s Military History Week in Nevada, and the other declares March 29, 2019 as Vietnam War Veterans Day in Nevada. He also joined Director Kat Miller of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services in presenting the Veteran of the Month award to U.S. Army veteran Jim Mort and the Veteran Supporter of the Month award to the Home Depot Foundation.
Veterans and Military Day at the Legislature is set aside in Nevada statute as the third Wednesday in March, when the Nevada Legislature is in session, as a day to recognize the contributions of veterans and military members to Nevada and the nation.
Governor Sisolak’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below:
Thank you, Kat, and thank you, Leader Cannizzaro and Speaker Frierson, and to all who are here this morning to honor our veterans.
I’m honored to be here on this important day to recognize and pay tribute to Nevada’s veterans and military members.
In addition to celebrating all our veterans, military men and women, and their families today, this whole week, we are highlighting Nevada’s women veterans with a proclamation to declare the week of March 18th Women Veterans Week.
As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March, we pay a special tribute this week to our brave women veterans and members of the armed forces for their outstanding service and sacrifice.
Our nation also continues to remember and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War this month. I want to take a moment to recognize and thank Nevada’s Vietnam veterans for their service.
As important as it is to celebrate our veterans and servicemembers, it’s important also to recognize the families of veterans and military members. They are the backbone and support of the men and women who serve our state and nation, and they deserve our most heartfelt gratitude.
They are part of the reason I included in my budget funds to increase the number of Veteran Service Officers in Nevada. These VSOs connect veterans and their families to benefits, services, and resources earned through military service – more than $114 million in federal funds annually that will improve the quality of care and quality of life for our veterans and their families.
My administration is also committed to the health and welfare of veterans, military members, and their families.
I’m proud that the State of Nevada has partnered with the cities of Las Vegas, Reno, and Sparks in the “Mayor’s Challenge” to prevent suicide among service members, veterans and their families.
The State of Nevada is helping lead the charge for the rest of the nation to find solutions to this tragic problem.
My administration is also committed to ensuring our veterans have the support they need to continue onto successful careers after leaving military service.
One of the greatest challenges facing our veterans is the transition back to civilian life and transferring the skills they learned in the military to their post-military career.
A career in state government can be a rewarding opportunity for our veterans to continue serving their state and country, and my administration is committed to hiring, retaining, and supporting veteran employees.
To demonstrate this commitment, I am proud to present an executive order today that will establish the State of Nevada Veteran Peer Mentor Group.
The Veteran Peer Mentor Group will be a voluntary program for state employees to provide mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities to their fellow state employees who are veterans, members of the Nevada National Guard, and members of the U.S. armed forces reserves.
Mentors from across state government will meet periodically to share best practices surrounding veteran services and resources, community events, and veteran recognition.
I’d like to thank the Department of Veterans Services and the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs for their work to make this possible.
We are fortunate to have tremendous leadership in the veteran and military communities. I’d like to thank Tony Yarbrough and Mitch Roach for their leadership in the United Veterans Legislative Council.
Through the UVLC, veterans and military members are able to speak with one, clear, strong, united voice to Nevada lawmakers.
This speaks volumes to the strong leadership of Nevada’s Veteran Service Organizations. We can always count on these organizations to support and continue to serve our state and our communities.
Finally, I’d like to thank those who made today’s event possible. Thank you to Brenda Horton and the Sierra-Tahoe Branch of the 137th Fleet Reserve Association for the muffins and goodies provided this morning. Tom Spencer and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 388, were also key in providing support in making today a special one.
I’d also like to thank Carl Schnock, Darrol Brown, and the members of Welcome All Veterans Everywhere and Starbucks for providing this morning’s coffee.
Finally, thank you General Burks and the Nevada National Guard for all you do, including lending your support to this important day. Paying respect and honor to our veterans, military members and their families is what today is all about, and your hard work reminds us to show gratitude for their service and sacrifice not just today, but every day.
Thank you all for inviting me to be a part of this special day. God bless all of you and God bless our veterans, servicemen and women, and their families.