Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday said he hoped a newly-formed commission will find ways to make life at home easier for aging veterans from conflicts dating back to World War II as well as soldiers recently returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday said he hoped a newly-formed commission will find ways to make life at home easier for aging veterans from conflicts dating back to World War II as well as soldiers recently returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Hopefully we can see where there are holes and whether there are holes that can be improved in the delivery of those services and be made better," Beebe told members of the Arkansas Yellow Ribbon Task Force as it held its first meeting at the state Capitol.
Beebe named the 19-member group to develop recommendations on supporting troops when they return from the battlefield. Its members include former first lady Janet Huckabee, who works as the American Red Cross Arkansas program manager for services to military families.
Other members include Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford, adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard, and Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director David Fletcher.
Beebe said he did not know if any proposed changes to state law would come of the group's meetings, but said he hoped the discussions would lead to improvements in the state response to veterans.
"Sometimes it may need regulation or rule change, and sometimes it may need legislation, and sometimes it may not need any of that," Beebe told reporters after the meeting. "It's just doing a better job of being more responsive and more sensitive in doing the things that we already have the authority to do."