Meng Provisions to Help Women in the Military Signed into Law
Dec 12, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Multiple provisions authored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) that provide assistance to members of the military were signed into law this afternoon by President Trump as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill which sets policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Meng’s provisions include the following:
Section 558: Improving childcare services for military families by enhancing the hours of operation for Department of Defense childcare development centers and establishing childcare coordinators for military installations. This provision would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers. Meng authored the provision in the House and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sponsored a similar version in the Senate.
Section 544: A two-year extension of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a critical suicide prevention and resilience initiative for members of the National Guard and Reserves. The program promotes the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources during and after their deployment, especially during the reintegration phase that continues well beyond the service members’ return home.
A conference report provision requiring the Secretary of Defense to review the design, material, sizing, price, availability, quality, and utility of maternity uniforms for pregnant members of the military. Under this provision, the Secretary of Defense would be required to submit a report on the review to congressional defense committees within 90 days. Meng spearheaded the issue of after servicewomen expressed concerns about the design of maternity uniforms in the 2016 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Report.
“We cannot thank members of our military enough for the service and sacrifice they make to our nation,” said Meng. “We must do all we can to ensure that they have the assistance and resources that they and their families need, and these provisions will go a long way towards achieving that goal. I am extremely pleased that these bipartisan measures are now law, and I thank all who supported them.”