Thursday, July 23, 2009

Senator Barbara Boxer Needs Help with Three Amendments to Support Military Families

Urgent email from California Senator Barbara Boxer:

As Americans, we are so lucky to live in a free country, defended by the brave men and women of our armed forces. We owe them our gratitude, respect, and support for sacrificing so much for us.

That's why I've just introduced new legislation in the Senate that will ease the burden on our military families. My three amendments are being considered, right now, during this week's debate on the defense authorization bill — and I need your help.

Please stand with me, add your voice, and help me build support for these crucial amendments to help our military families: Please endorse my amendments now!

What would my amendments do?

* Give families with two parents on active duty the option to stagger their overseas combat deployments — so one parent can stay home as the primary caregiver for their children. In addition, after one parent returns, provide a 90-day re-integration period before the other parent is deployed. This amendment is supported by the National Military Family Association.

* Reimburse military families who have to travel more than 50 miles from home in order to receive medical care — down from the current 100-mile requirement. This amendment is supported by the Military Coalition.

* Provide flexible spending accounts for all uniformed service personnel — so military families receive tax breaks for spending on medical expenses and child care. This amendment is supported by the VFW, National Military Family Association, Military Officers Association of America, and other organizations.

These amendments are the right thing to do for our servicemembers and their families. They do so much to protect us — now it's time for us to stand up for them.

Please stand with me, add your voice, and help me build support for these crucial amendments to help our military families: Please endorse my amendments now!

The Senate is slated to consider my amendments over the next few days, so time is of the essence here.

I need to show my colleagues the strong grassroots support behind these military families amendments — and your help can make the difference.

If you support these amendments, please let me know. It will really help me secure the votes I need to get them passed.

Please join me in supporting these military families amendments now.

In Friendship,

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

P.S. Your support in the next 48 hours is crucial:Please sign on to endorse these military families amendments now — and then forward this email to everyone you know!

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs as a National Internet Business Examiner and at Operation Support Jews in the Military and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her newest military-related project is the book/website project In Support of Our Troops.

Phyllis' company Miller Mosaic LLC provides internet marketing information to help people promote their brand, book or business. On July 1st the company launched the Miller Mosaic Internet Marketing Program.

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