Association Attends Round Table on Military Family Issues

On April 25, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-12th/CA) hosted a round table for veterans’ and military service organizations. The meeting was an opportunity for organizations to meet with Members of Congress and discuss issues important to service members, veterans, and their families. The discussion at the round table focused on the backlog of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims and what steps are being taken to address this problem. The National Military Family Association was invited to attend to represent the military family community.

In advance of the round table, the Association was invited to submit two policy priorities. We chose our issues carefully to reflect what is most important to the families we serve. Our first priority is to end sequestration. Furloughs and hiring freezes threaten the programs, resources, and benefits contributing to military family strength and resilience. They may result in longer waits for families needing counseling, financial advice, new parent support, survivor outreach, and victim advocates.

Second, we want to ensure that military families have access to high-quality behavioral health services. The limited supply of qualified behavioral health providers can make it difficult for families to access the care they need. We are asking Congress and the Department of Defense to explore innovative methods of delivering care, keeping in mind the need to treat the family as well as the individual.

Our Association thanks Minority Leader Pelosi for hosting this important meeting, as well as the many Members of Congress who took the time to attend. We appreciate the opportunity to raise issues important to service members and military families.

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