WASHINGTON (March 24, 2016) – In response to the introduction of the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act (H.R. 4796) by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Chief of Staff Allison Jaslow issued the following statement:
“Rep. Duckworth’s bill is an important step toward ensuring that military families have modern policies that allow them to provide the support and care that all military children deserve. As part of IAVA’s policy agenda to support military families, IAVA has continually called for parental leave to extend to adoptive parents and fathers. After 14 years of constant military deployments, this policy change is long overdue. In addition, IAVA urges the Department of Defense to extend parental leave from 12 weeks to 18 weeks. Updating these antiquated policies is critical for maintaining a ready and capable force.”
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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness, and 1-on-1 case management support. Our mission is to connect, unite, and empower over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide. We have connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support from our Masters-level social service professionals.
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