Budget Decisions Affect Military-Connected Children



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TO EDUCATION, FAMILY, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Budget Decisions Affect Military-Connected Children

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas, March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --In

responseto proposed cuts to the fiscal year 2015 budget highlighted in

remarks made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week, the

Military Child Education Coalition@ (MCEC@) raised concern for the

children of Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members

likely to be impacted by potential cuts to force strength and programs

supporting military families. During this period of transition, the

Military Child Education Coalition remains focused on the implications

of proposed measures for military children, parents, military

installations, and communities.

Many military-connected children and youth could be without the

resources necessary to thrive academically and socially when their

service member parent is separated from the service as a result of the

proposed reduction in force. Like all children, military children rely

on the predictability of schools, after-school and summer programs, as

well as healthcare. Army General Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of

the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged the weight of the decisions on

military families stating, "Our force is extraordinarily accepting of

change; they're less understanding of uncertainty and piecemeal

solutions."

MCEC is staying abreast of federal budget developments and will be a

part of the discussion on the associated issues which could

potentially impact military-connected children and youth. In keeping

with its mission to ensure quality education opportunities for our

country's military-connected children, the Military Child Education

Coalition requests that senior leaders consider the cascading effects

of cutting programs critical to the welfare of military families and

the implications for children. MCEC applauds collaborative efforts by

all those engaged in the process of ensuring continued support for the

children of our nation's service members.

ABOUT THE MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION Founded in 1998, the

Military Child Education Coalition@ (MCEC@) is a 501(c)(3) global,

nonprofit leadership and advocacy organization focused on ensuring

quality educational opportunities for America's four million

military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation,

and transition. For more information, visit www.MilitaryChild.org.

SOURCE Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

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/CONTACT: Cindy Simerly, 254-953-1923 Ext. 1127, 909 Mountain Lion Circle, Harker Heights, TX 76548, Cindy.Simerly@militarychild.org

/Web Site: http://www.militarychild.org

CO: Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

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