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Military families have poor options

I always wanted to stay home and raise my baby myself, and my husband and I were prepared to make many sacrifices to make that happen.

When she was born, we automatically qualified for WIC. All enlisted families do. Most qualify for food stamps as well. It is humiliating.

This is the thanks my husband gets for risking his life every day for our country.

When our economic situation became desperate, I looked into childcare options close to home, and they were prohibitively expensive....with waiting lists... and looked suspiciously over-crowded as well.

I ended up hiring an unlicensed college student to provide in-home care.

You get what you pay for.

But when your economic resources are already stretched to the limit, and I'm only making entry-level wages, what are we supposed to do?

Affordable on-site child care would have allowed me to earn more money and actually work in my field, using my degree.

I feel like I've done everything right, and the government is cheating my family out of the American dream.

My kids count, too.

Jennifer

—JenniferWA
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