LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she is launching a Military and Veterans Initiative at the Attorney General’s Office. This initiative will assist active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families with consumer related issues, veterans courts, the Hiring Heroes program and many other collaborative efforts. The announcement was made at the Associated Press Managing Editors Association Annual Conference in Hot Springs on Saturday, April 25.
Also on Saturday, Rutledge introduced Col. Marcus Hatley, a 30-year veteran of the military, who will lead this new initiative as senior director of military and veteran affairs. Today, Rutledge held the first Rutledge Roundtable at the Attorney General’s Office with more than 15 military and veteran stakeholders to discuss the unique challenges faced by veteran and active duty servicemen and women and how the Attorney General’s Office can better assist them.
“As the daughter of a veteran, I fully appreciate the sacrifices our servicemen and women make,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Attorney General’s Office will not only work to serve and protect our military members while they are serving our country, but also when they are back home. We will become engaged with active duty members, veterans and military families so they are better prepared for the challenges they will face here at home, while they are gone and once they return.”
Some of the conversations at today’s Roundtable centered on raising greater awareness for substance abuse, pointing veterans toward treatment courts, creating employer partnerships across the State to encourage hiring veterans and active duty members and building a communication network to inform members of the military and veterans of resources already available to them.
Earlier this week, Rutledge signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Army Reserve. The statement encourages the employment of guardsman and reservists across the State and in the Attorney General’s Office.
To find out more about the initiative, contact the Attorney General’s Office at (501) 682-2007.