U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) has joined the Senate's Military Family Caucus. The 20-member, bipartisan caucus will focus on issues facing the families of active and veteran service men and women.
"Family readiness is a priority of mine," said Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Our veterans, active duty military personnel and their families sacrifice so much to keep us safe. The Military Family Caucus will work together for our military families to ensure they have the support they need."
The Senate Military Family Caucus and the House Congressional Military Family Caucus will tackle issues such as childcare, education, employment, health care and the effects of multiple deployments.
Since coming to the Senate, Hagan has worked to support veterans, military personnel and their families in North Carolina and across the country. When MyCAA, a military spouse tuition program, was abruptly shut down earlier this year due to a surge in enrollments, Hagan successfully fought for the program's reinstatement. Hagan is continuing to work with the Department of Defense to ensure MyCAA is open to as many military spouses as possible and that the tuition program can be used for a variety of higher education degrees. More information on her efforts can be found here.
Hagan comes from a proud military family. Her husband Chip is a Vietnam veteran who used the GI Bill to help pay for law school. Her father and brother served in the Navy, her father-in-law was a two-star General in the Marine Corps, and she has two nephews currently serving on active duty.
Other members of the Caucus include Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Max Baucus (D-MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Scott Brown (R-MA), Roland W. Burris (D-IL), Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John F. Kerry (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).