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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Multiple Issues Rise to Top of List of Most Prevalent Family Concerns

  • October 31, 2011
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Recent meetings with families and spouses at Fairchild Air Force Base and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington provided Robert Gordon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, a pretty good idea of family members’ greatest concerns:

  • the need for increased access to affordable child care;
  • the future of military retirement and other benefits;
  • licensure and certification for military spouse employment;
  • education of military children;
  • consistency of family support program delivery between military services; and
  • permanent change of station moves.

Gordon assured the military family members that those issues are equally important to leadership in DOD and the services, according to DOD Live.

At Fairchild, Gordon participated in the first-ever military family summit with Air Force officials, and Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA). The event brought together Eastern Washington’s military families with state, local, and federal leaders to discuss priorities for military families, including employment, health care, retirement and education.

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