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Military Parental Leave Program--Not exactly as promised

November 8, 2018
UPDATE: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee Paid Leave Constellation has crafted a sign-on letter requesting that legislators fix the gaps in the MPLP. Please read , sign , and share the letter to help us address these critical issues. When the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017...
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A group of veterans joins the water protectors at Standing Rock.]

#MilitaryMonday: Why I’m Standing Up at the Border

July 16, 2018
The value of service was instilled in me from birth. Both of my Grandfathers fought in World War II, one in the Army and one in the Navy. My Father is a former Marine, and my Uncle served 21 years in the Navy. My cousin and my nephew have all served, my family can trace our service back to the...
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How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War

July 11, 2018
Mass shootings. Nuclear weapons. A robbery at your local corner store. Where do you start when you have to explain this stuff to your kids? Today, issues involving violence, crime, and war -- whether they're in popular shows, video games, books, or news coverage -- reach even the youngest kids. And...
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Video: Family Shares Stories of How Medicaid Helped Their Medically Complex Child

April 27, 2018
Recently, we shared the story of Austin Carrigg and her family, and the journey they went on together with their adopted baby girl, Melanie. When Melanie united with her mom, dad, and two brothers in 2012, the Carriggs knew the road ahead wouldn’t always be a smooth one. Melanie came into the...
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#MilitaryMonday: Hugs first!

January 22, 2018
“Don’t forget to hug him, squeeze him tightly first, and then lay out the steps to recover. . . I learned that from Lylah. . . Hugs first . . ." - My mother, Lorna, said this to me today after I expressed being overwhelmed with the mess of poor grades that one of my high school children had allowed...
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#MilitaryMonday: Veterans and Hunger

November 6, 2017
Our nation’s veterans have made innumerable sacrifices in service to our country. They have earned our gratitude and our support, and on Veterans Day our country formally honors them for that service. If we are to truly make meaningful the tributes that we pay to our veterans, then surely, we...
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#MilitaryMon: 5 Ways Pres. Trump, GOP Are Letting Down Veterans

October 16, 2017
While President Trump attacks athletes who kneel during the national anthem as unpatriotic by saying on Twitter , “Courageous Patriots have fought and died for our great American Flag --- we MUST honor and respect it! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” his proposed budget is poised to do great damage to...
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Military Families - Voice Your Opposition to World War III

October 11, 2017
Voice. We all have one, it’s time we use it. We must speak out about the injustices and dangers the Trump administration poses from attacks on our healthcare, our immigrant and LGBTQ communities, and our reproductive rights, to our disastrous foreign policy. And it is that latter point that I want...
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#MilitaryMonday: Missing the Bus but Not Missing the Moment

September 29, 2017
I drove my son to school today because he missed the bus . . . again. Although that menial and tedious task certainly had not been a part of my plan for today, one of the things I value deeply in this unpredictable life is trying to make the most of unexpected moments. So as I sat next to him in...
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