Michelle Obama Proposes Expansion of Military Support Bill
FLOTUS wants more time for rest, paid leave for military caregivers
Further cementing her cause to vow greater support for military families, First Lady Michelle Obama together with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Monday proposed an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The proposal allows military caregivers to carry out all of the responsibilities of caring for a veteran who is a family member without the fear of losing their jobs. The provisions call for up to 12 weeks of paid leave from work, and six months leave for the caregivers of military personnel who are injured.
The rules presented would also increase “rest and recuperation leave” for families from five to 15 days.
“These are men, women and children who will do anything for their loved ones. Spouses who put their lives and careers on hold. Moms and dads who spring into action. Children who put on a brace face,” Mrs. Obama said. She added this was being done to “recognize caregivers’ sacrifice without not just words, but with deeds.”