This week, the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Parental Leave Program was expanded to include 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all service members. This policy is in addition to medical convalescent leave granted to eligible service members. Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), who introduced the Military Moms Matter Act in May 2021, celebrated this news and thanked Under Secretary Cisneros for his support. “I can’t understate how monumental this is for our service members and their families,” said Houlahan.
“I had my first child serving active duty in the Air Force, and the wait for child care on base was months long,” Houlahan continued. “This new policy ensures that families won’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of their newborn child. My legislation was inspired by my story and the stories I hear too often from those in uniform, and I am proud that our efforts—with the unwavering support of Under Secretary Cisneros—are going to make a tangible, positive impact across the military.”
Houlahan was instrumental in guaranteeing DoD’s full implementation of the provision’s intent, which was at risk of a misinterpretation that would allow medical convalescent leave and parental leave to be used concurrently as opposed to consecutively.
To prevent implementation of misinterpreted guidance that could deny additional authorized leave, Houlahan led a letter directly to Under Secretary Cisneros, head of DoD’s personnel and readiness, urging the DoD to properly implement the full provision in line with congressional intent. The DoD directive, signed by Under Secretary Cisneros on January 4th, 2023 and back-dated to December 27th, 2022, guarantees the authorization of 12 weeks of parental leave separate and apart from medical convalescent leave and solidifies Houlahan’s continued pledge for improved wellbeing of servicemembers and their families.
More on Houlahan’s legislation, the Military Moms Matter Act, here.
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