What you need to know about Hillary Clinton’s plan to help veterans and military families.
We need a Commander-in-Chief who will support men and women in uniform.
Donald Trump likes to brag about his so-called appreciation for our men and women in uniform—and yet his record includes scamming veterans out of money through Trump University and disparaging prisoners of war. And his top policy advisor has suggested that he’d push to privatize the VA as president.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has spent decades fighting for veterans, members of the military, and their families—and she has a comprehensive plan to help support them as Commander-in-Chief.
Here are five things Hillary’s plan will do:
1. Give military families more flexibility. Hillary would expand family leave and access to child care to help families juggle the demands of military service and parenthood. She would also make military career intermission programs permanent so that servicemembers and their families can take time off to raise children, care for an ill family member, or explore educational opportunities.
2. Support military spouses pursuing jobs and education. Too many military spouses are unemployed or underemployed—and a recent study shows that it costs our economy $1 billion per year. As president, Hillary will expand state and federal resources and engage the private sector to boost training and job opportunities for the husbands and wives of members of the military.
3. Help families who are changing locations or transitioning out of the military. Hillary’s plan will create more flexibility around military moves by taking family circumstances into account in assignments and letting families continue receiving their housing allowance for up to six months after a military member’s Permanent Change of Station (PCS). It will also expand job services and transition programs for families of servicemembers who are leaving the military.
4. Ensure children in military families receive a high-quality education. Hillary’s plan will boost support for Defense Department schools and public schools with a large number of military children. And it will preserve and protect the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, including educational benefits for spouses and children of military personnel.
5. Champion the care and needs of service members. As president, Hillary will establish a standing council on servicemembers, veterans, and military families to ensure government agencies are meeting their needs. She will also establish a series of town halls on military bases between White House and Department of Defense officials and military families.
Hillary’s military families policy is just one facet of her plan to help veterans—and it’s the latest example of her consistent record fighting for our men and women in uniform. As first lady, she met with sick veterans and became the point person for the Clinton administration on Gulf War Syndrome. As U.S. senator from New York, she worked tirelessly to address the gaps in health care for servicemembers, working across the aisle with Republicans to extend TRICARE health benefits to National Guard and Reserve members even when they’re not deployed and securing assistance for families caring for loved ones with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).