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Sen. Blunt honored for work on behalf of military families
Sen. Blunt honored for work on behalf of military families

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 29, 2015) — Yesterday, Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) accepted the 2015 Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower Distinguished Citizen Award acknowledging his efforts on behalf of military families.

“Our military spouses and children make innumerable sacrifices in support of our service members. I am honored to represent thousands of these families in the Senate, and humbled by the opportunity to help address the challenges they face,” Blunt said. “That is why I have introduced the Military Family Stability Act, a bill that will provide military families more flexibility when they change duty stations, allowing a husband, wife, or child to finish a job or school year, or pursue new opportunities. It is a bipartisan, common-sense solution to a problem I hear time and again from our military families in Missouri and across the nation. And, it is a small step we can take to show our appreciation for all that these families do to keep us safe. I am incredibly grateful for this award, and will continue working to advance solutions that improve the lives of military families.”   

Senator Blunt (right) receiving the Army Distaff Foundation Eisenhower Distinguished Citizen Award from former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General (ret.) Jack Keane (left)

According to the Army Distaff Foundation, the Eisenhower Distinguished Citizen Award is “presented each year to an individual or entity…who has demonstrated dedicated leadership and outstanding public service in carrying on the Eisenhower legacy to further the cause of the American military family.”

In addition to the Military Family Stability Act, Blunt last year co-sponsored the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act, which would require TRICARE, the Department of Defense, and retiree health programs for members of the uniformed services and their families to provide coverage for behavioral health treatments, including applied behavior analysis.

As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Job Caucus, Blunt introduced the bipartisan Hire More Heroes Act to encourage companies to hire more American veterans, while providing relief from the burdensome ObamaCare employer mandate.  The measure was signed into law in July.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Blunt has led efforts to improve mental health resources available to service members and veterans. In 2014, he successfully included language from the Caring for America’s Heroes Act in the National Defense Authorization Act to help bring mental health treatment for the nation’s veterans and military dependents in line with the way physical injuries are treated under TRICARE.

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