Bipartisan Bill Seeks To Help Military Families

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Moving can be a stressful process for anyone, but for military families, the process can be especially difficult. However, a new bipartisan bill called the Military Family Stability Act seeks to help service members’ families when they’re required to move to a new post.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York introduced a bill that would allow military families to remain in their residence for six months before or after their service member moves to a different post. The intent is to allow spouses and children to finish off their professional or educational responsibilities for the year, The Hill reported.

According to a statement on Blunt’s website, the goal would be “to help ease this burden” and “provide families with greater flexibility in timing their relocation and greater peace of mind.”

"Our nation’s heroes do not serve alone and this is a great opportunity to help better take care of our military families," Blunt said. "Too often spouses are forced to sacrifice their own careers to accommodate the needs of the military. 

"More military spouses are working than ever before and abrupt relocations negatively affect military children in school. The buffer that this bill creates will allow military spouses to continue their employment or education for six months, and will allow the service member to move ahead of the family so the children can finish the school year."

“The Military Family Stability Act would better serve the modern military family to give our service members, their spouses, and their children new resources and much-needed flexibility when they have to move,” Gillibrand sad. "We owe it to them to pass this bill.”

The bill, co-sponsored by by Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, has been endorsed by several veteran and military groups, including Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion.

Sources: The Hill, Sen. Roy Blunt / Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr