Illinois Legislation Would Help National Guard Support Military Kids
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign a measure designed to provide counseling and other services to military children who need support when a parent is deployed.
The legislation, which has passed both houses of the state legislature, resulted from efforts by National Guard and Reserve units to identify schools that enrolled significant numbers of military children, reported the Chicago Tribune. The information would allow the National Guard to send military education liaisons into those schools to support kids from military families.
“They were saying we have services to provide but we need to get schools to tell us where the children are,” the policy director for Chicago-based Health and Disability Advocates told the paper.