State departments of military affairs operate the forces and facilities the state needs to defend itself, handle community emergencies and contribute to the defense of the United States. The forces are trained, maintained in a readiness mode, and mobilized in the event of local or national disasters or federal military needs.
State veterans affairs agencies administer benefits programs for military service veterans and their families.
As a combined department or in separate agencies, they may operate cemeteries, veterans' homes, military academies, scholarship programs, armories and museums, and mount educational or historical programs for citizens. In some cases, they are also involved with land management and environmental services.
Visitors to these websites may find information on army, air and naval guard or militia programs, veterans' benefits and veteran auto insurance discounts, emergency preparedness and alerts.