The Commanding General of all RLA Forces, that had been in the Kingdom of Laos, visits with the Royal Prince, who was residing in Canada at the time, with ambition of standing up the RLA for U.S. Veterans to join and help American Citizens in Disaster Response and Recovery. The need for a platform that would introduce a familiar environment for Veterans coming out of the U.S. Military and for them to continue to serve the communities they resided in, found purpose in assisting Veterans with assimilation back into the Civilian lifestyle. The Royal Family decides to visit with the U.S. State Department to determine what agreements and legalities needed to be established.The following guidance came from the U.S. State Department:
1) We are having issues with access that private citizens as well as local, state and federal agencies should readily have, to the capabilities and benefits our State Defense Forces were intended to provide for them.
2) Stand up the RLA to assist private citizens and augment local, state and federal agencies as Civil Support with the target of providing the capabilities, equal to or beyond that of which State Defense Forces retain in the Area of Operations your units focus on.
3) Register as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Civil Support Agency / VOAD in each state you operate in so that access to those capabilities can be easily accessible.
Today, the RLA is a proud American Organization that is spread across 25 states, including 1 in Puerto Rico, and has a total of 28 units. It’s ranks are comprised of 70% prior service U.S. Military Veterans and those who have previously served in State Defense Forces as well as Current Serving Police Officers, Fire Fighters and EMT’s who wish to expand their service to fellow citizens and country, 20% are people with no prior military service who are wanting to assist in Post Disaster Recovery and wish to provide assistance to local, state and Federal agencies while the remaining 10% are younger adults from the Laotian communities, in the United States, who wish to serve in one of the few things their people have to hold on to of their culture.
Even today, the RLA continues to work closely with the United States Military and Special Operations Units to provide quality training and advanced opportunities.