National Military Family Association Announces Legislative Priorities for 2015

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NMFA Will Fight to Keep Families at the Forefront of Lawmakers’ Minds

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Sequestration places a disproportionate burden on our Nation’s military and their families to reduce the deficit...

The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, have released their legislative priorities for 2015 with one huge focus—sequestration.

“Our top priority is for leaders to end sequestration,” said Joyce Raezer, NMFA Executive Director. “Sequestration places a disproportionate burden on our Nation’s military and their families to reduce the deficit.”

Each year, NMFA works with families to find out what’s important to them in their military communities around the country and the world. Those discussions help define the legislative priorities.

Here’s what made the list this year:

  • Provide Quality, Affordable, Accessible Health Care
  • Improve Access to Quality Behavioral Health Care
  • Ensure Compensation Stays Commensurate with Service
  • Enhance Spouse Career Opportunities
  • Facilitate Seamless Separation
  • Support Schools Educating Military Children
  • Sustain Quality Affordable Child Care
  • Provide Unwavering Support for Those Wounded, Widowed and Orphaned
  • Uphold the Commissary Benefit
  • Demand Zero-Tolerance of Sexual Assault
  • End Disparities in Benefits for Military Same-Sex Couples

“We celebrated some wins for families last year,” said Raezer. “We asked Congress to wait for the Military Compensation and Modernization Commission recommendations before making substantial changes to pay and benefits and they did. Now that we have seen those recommendations, the real work can begin.”

For full details on the 2015 priorities visit: http://www.militaryfamily.org/assets/pdf/factsheets/2015-Legislative-Policy-Priorities.pdf

About the National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit http://www.MilitaryFamily.org.

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