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 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's Veterans Advisory Committee

The Veterans Advisory Committee was established in October 2020 and its mission is to enhance local government through the inclusion of veterans who share the passion, skills, and knowledge to succeed in public service. This committee's goals are to:

1) Bring awareness to ICMA members about the skills of veterans.                                        

2) Raise visibility of a local government career path among military members.  

3) Develop and strengthen relationships between the veteran community and local governments.

 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.

  • Cope Notes - A text based program to train your brain and combat anxiety.

  • Web-based resources for veterans - Veterans Mental Health; Veterans Addiction Recovery Resources; and Alcohol Abuse Resources.