BISMARCK - By executive order on Friday, Oct. 26, Gov. Doug Burgum created a Task Force for Veterans Affairs to study the system and resources serving North Dakota's military veterans.

The Task Force for Veterans Affairs will be comprised of 11 to 15 members, according to the governor's office. Interested persons may apply by Nov. 16 at governor.nd.gov through the "Boards" section under the "Administration" tab.

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“We greatly appreciate the work that has been done in North Dakota to serve veterans, and this task force is an opportunity to work with veterans to review our current system and ensure we are best positioned to support them," Burgum said in a statement.

The task force also will review the governance structure of state Department of Veterans Affairs, which the Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs oversees.

Burgum has already appointed North Dakota National Guard Brig. Gen. Robert Fode as chair of the task force. He is set to retire Tuesday after 40 years with the North Dakota National Guard.

“Ensuring that the state’s services are effectively organized and delivered is a crucial part of making sure we’re prepared to best serve all our veterans as we encounter new challenges in the 21st century,” Fode said.