Posted on December 5, 2003
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, will hold a joint field hearing in Chattanooga to learn more about the family needs of military reservists. "Our reservists and National Guardsmen are fighting on the front lines to protect freedom around the world," Alexander said. "We want to hear first-hand from these soldiers and their families about what we can do to help them as they face unique challenges. I appreciate Senator Chambliss for joining me in this effort." "Members of the National Guard and reserves have played an essential role in the successful military campaign in Operation Iraqi Freedom and other key missions and deployments around the world," said Chambliss. "This hearing will help us determine how we can best meet the needs of their families as their roles and responsibilities keep them away from their families for longer periods of time. The more information we are able to take away from this hearing, the more we will be able to improve the quality of life for our National Guardsmen and reservists." The purpose of this hearing is to see how well the military is doing to make it easier for reservist families raising children and what can be done better, especially during this time of increased activation of our reservists and National Guard. The hearing will also explore what community groups, organizations, and employers are doing to help these families during deployment. The hearing will be Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10 a.m. (EDT) at the National Guard Armory Drill Hall, 1801 Holzclaw Avenue in Chattanooga. This is the fourth in a series of hearings that Alexander is holding on the larger question of how federal laws and policies affect families raising children.