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Kevin Dellicker for U.S. Congress

It's time to improve family support to the National Guard

It’s time to improve family support to the National Guard

Last weekend, Susan and I had the honor of presenting our book, Twenty Percent Soldiers, to an audience of veterans and military families. We wrote the book to raise awareness of the unique challenges involving part-time military service. As your Congressman, I will introduce legislation to improve the family support system for the National Guard.

In the United States, military members are blessed by an amazing network of family, friends and neighbors who look after the troops and their families. We also enjoy an extensive family support infrastructure at major military installations across the country and around the world.

But that infrastructure is not always accessible to members of the National Guard. Since many reservists live far away from big military bases, important services are out of reach. And since the various service components don’t always coordinate well with each other, even nearby resources are not necessarily available. This needs to change.

When I get to Congress, I will work introduce new legislation that improves the family support system for part-time soldiers and airmen by:

  1. Providing adequate family support resources for the National Guard;

  2. Fixing structural flaws in the service delivery infrastructure; and

  3. Realigning family support priorities to better serve the part-time force

Part-time servicemen and women train and fight alongside the active duty and perform vital domestic duties to keep the peace and relieve human suffering. They deserve the same access to quality family support services as their counterparts on active duty.

Kevin

Military information and photos of Kevin in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense, Air Force, Army, or National Guard.

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