February 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm #152264
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
The Defense Department needs to do more for military families when it comes to providing child care.
That from a new GAO report, which says many families are missing out on subsidized care or paying more than they should because of lack of knowledge about their options.
GovExec reports that the main reason there is such a shortage on most bases has to do with increased deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The GAO conducted its research in April of last year, and found that about a quarter of families with a deployed parent had to turn to off-base child care.
The congressional watchdog did not look at how the number of returning troops might affect this situation.
The GAO did not make any recommendations in the report, but Robert Gordon, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for military community and family policy, was quoted in the article as saying, “We consider care for young children to be a workforce issue for military families with direct impact on the effectiveness and readiness of the force.”
What do you think? Should DoD do more to help military families? Will the situation change as our troops begin to come home from Iraq and Afghanistan?
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