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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

What Can States Do Better to Accommodate Military Families, DOD Asks

  • May 23, 2012
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The Pentagon is looking for issues affecting service members and their families that can best be resolved by state governments.

The issues should represent “barriers resulting from the transience and uncertainty of military life,” according to the May 23 Federal Register notice. In the past, DOD has asked states to streamline school transition for children of military families to help with class and course placement, fulfilling graduation requirements and qualifying for extracurricular activities.

To help DOD put together its 2013 list of 10 issues for states to consider, the department is asking the public to submit their ideas by June 8. Responses should include a description of the policy or practice, the impact and who is affected by this issue; a description of the potential solution to this issue, including whether the issue can be corrected through a change in state procedures, state regulations or state statute; and an estimate of how much the proposed solution would cost the state.

Alternatively, individuals can RSVP by June 1 to attend a public session at the Pentagon on June 5. For more information, contact Marcus Beauregard at 571/372-5357 or marcus.beauregard@osd.mil.

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