Senator Alexander Chairs Fort Campbell Hearing On Challenges Facing Military Parents Raising Children

Posted on June 2, 2003

FORT CAMPBELL — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, today held a hearing at Fort Campbell on challenges facing military parents raising children. "Military men and women choose their profession," Alexander said. "They also choose to marry. But in order to continue to attract and retain the most talented soldiers for a volunteer army, we must do whatever we reasonably can to make it easier for military parents raising children. "All of society benefits when children grow up in strong, nurturing, attentive families." The purpose of these hearings is to see how well the military services are doing to make it easier for military families raising children and what can be done better. The Fort Campbell hearing specifically focused on the Army. On June 19 in Washington, D.C., Alexander's subcommittee and the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, chaired by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), will continue with a joint hearing on military parents raising children. Chambliss also chaired a hearing on the same subject in Macon, Georgia today. The ranking Democratic members of the two subcommittees, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), are planning to hold field hearings before June 19 in their respective states. Alexander said that the hearings on military parents raising children are the first in a series of hearings his subcommittee will hold on the larger question of how federal laws and policies affect families raising children.