Members of the House Armed Services Committee’s special panel on military quality of life issues will hold their first public hearing and one of their last formal events this week as the group begins to wrap up nearly a year of work on the topic.
The bipartisan panel has held numerous roundtables out of the public’s eye with military families, advocates, and military officials to discuss problems and fixes they see among servicemembers. The group is expected to offer recommendations in coming weeks on a host of proposals to help military families, including new pay boosts, child care assistance and housing oversight.
But before that report is issued, the panel will host Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, senior enlisted advisor to the Joint Chiefs Chairman, and each of the services top senior enlisted leaders to publicly discuss the complaints lawmakers have heard in recent months.
The Wednesday hearing is expected to preview some policy items that may be included in the annual defense authorization bill debate later this spring.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.
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