The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee is preparing its provisions for the 2018 defense authorization bill and this week it heard from some former top DoD officials. Family life seemed to be the bottom line for a lot of military issues. Employees want to be able to move between the civilian and military world, they want quality childcare for their children and they want their spouses to be happy and be able to work where they are stationed.
A year-long task force wants the Defense Department to change childcare, TRICARE and the "up or out" system.
“They face concerns about their economic security and they face concerns about their isolation from the larger community, from family and friends, and everyday Americans,” Kathy Roth-Douquet, president and CEO of Blue Star Families, told Federal News Radio Custom Media Director Jason Fornicola on this week’s In Focus. “By actively seeking to employ military spouses and train them in portable careers, we can help address that very difficult issue without impacting the federal government budget. And in terms of creating connections, Blue Star Families runs a number of programs to help connect Americans to the militaries in their community.