Quality of Life The Quality of Life Standing Committee works to improve quality of life for military members and families. The primary objective of this committee is to advise the Secretary of the DMVA on initiatives, programs, organizations and legislation that protect and enhance benefits and the quality of life for military personnel and their families (active duty, National Guard and Reserves), veterans and military retirees. Supporting actions: Seeks to understand ways to improve educational opportunities for military personnel in NC, and support efforts by the public school system, community colleges, and the UNC system that improve the quality, availability, and affordability of public education to military families, with emphasis on meeting the special needs of families experiencing deployments and frequent moves from state to state. Coordinate with NC schools, the Community College System, and the UNC system to facilitate programs to support the military and military families in NC. Learns about “special needs” programs implemented by the military that communities and the State should support, such as “Living in the New Normal” for children of deployed parents who are facing dealing with long separations, injury, or death. Coordinate with state agencies and advise the Secretary of the DMVA on actions that the state should take to support these programs. Other needs include mental health programs dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as financial, unemployment assistance for spouses, and other potential problem areas. Encourages special support for service members at the local level for communities interested and involved in helping and supporting the families of deployed personnel in many ways during deployments and re-deployments to NC installations. Identifies “best practices” from other states for policies and actions that promote an enhanced quality of life for military service members and their families. Develop recommendations for consideration by state agencies and the Governor for implementation of the best practices in North Carolina.