Last week Senators and co-chairs Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr (R-S.C.), along with 18 of their colleagues, officially established the Senate Military Family Caucus. The caucus will work with the Congressional Military Family Caucus formed by the House last year to improve programs and services for military families as well as address the unique challenges that they face. Some issues to be focused on include childcare, education, employment, and the effects of multiple deployments on families. Already the members of the Senate Military Family Caucus have worked together to persuade Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to halt insurance companies from profiting from benefits owed to families that had a service member die in service.
Other senators in the caucus include Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Robert Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
To read the press releases please visit the websites of Sen. Boxer or Sen. Burr.