✍ Tell Congress Military Families Deserve Equitable Paid Leave! ✍

Each year on Memorial Day we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice as members of the United States armed forces. But we can't stop there: it is crucial that we also support those who are currently serving our country...

The United States is one of just three countries in the world without a national paid family leave policy. A lack of support for families is always devastating, but when it comes to military families, it is especially tragic.

Currently, military parental leave policies and statutes provide married male Servicemembers with only up to ten days of paid leave after the birth of a new child. Female Servicemembers receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave after their child's birth, and all Servicemembers up to three weeks of paid leave after adopting a newborn (limited to one parent in households where both parents serve in the Armed Forces).

BOTH male and female parents, including adoptive parents, need and deserve dedicated time with their new children. The current policies can discourage adoption or fostering of children and penalize single-parent households as well as those where both parents serve. These policies and statutes are not only fragmented and outdated, but they're also inherently inequitable.

That's why Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has introduced a new bill to address these issues. The Military Parental Leave Modernization Act would remove the outdated policies that fail to recognize the makeup of modern families by ensuring all Servicemembers—regardless of genderreceive at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child.

We know that rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration are higher in employed women with access to longer maternity leave. But without access to paid family leave, many new parents are not able to take the time they need during the crucial period following the birth or adoption of a child. To quote Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez: "The greatest family value is the value of time spent with family."

No parents should lack comprehensive paid leave, especially those that make such significant sacrifices for our Nation. All families do not look the same, but they all deserve equal opportunities to bond with their new children. Military parents deserve our support, and it's time to stand behind them!

Tell your Representative and Senators to support the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act today!

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Thank you for all you do,

-- The USBC Team

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