Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo attended Thursday’s first meeting of the Congressional Military Family Caucus to discuss the needs and challenges affecting spouses and children of our nation’s servicemembers.
[CAPTION: Congresswoman Bordallo with Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Dr. Karen Guice, and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon at a Congressional Military Family Caucus meeting.]
They were addressed by the Honorable Robert L. Gordon, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, and Dr. Karen Guice, Executive Director of the Federal Recovery Coordination Program, who presented attendees with an outline of the programs currently in place to support military families and well as the continued need for legislative support
Also in attendance were Congresswoman and co-chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Congressman and co-chair Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, as well as Congressional staff and concerned military family members.
The Congressional Military Family Caucus is comprised of Members of Congress with a particular interest in advancing the needs of family members of the uniformed services. The Caucus seeks to educate other Members and Congressional staff of the resources available to military families and to develop legislation to support military families. Its mission is to make certain that military family issues and concerns are properly identified, addressed, and resolved to ensure that military families receive proper care.
“Military families play an important role in supporting the mission of our nation’s servicemembers,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Many of the military families on Guam have had to endure multiple deployments over the course of the current conflicts. As a nation we must ensure that we provide strong support systems for these families especially for the families of National Guardsmen. This Caucus will address key issues affecting military families as a priority of the 112th Congress.”