Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has joined forces with others in Congress through the Military Family Caucus to help support the families of America's armed forces. The bicameral, bipartisan caucus gathers information and helps pass legislation to aid America's military families with service-related deployments, military health care, education, and housing.
"In visiting with our troops, who are making huge sacrifices to serve our country both at home and overseas, they frequently talk about their families and the unsung sacrifices their loved ones are making," said Rehberg, founder of the Montana Battle Buddies program. "We must always remember the responsibility we have to our military members and their families, and the Military Family Caucus helps me connect with like-minded colleagues to ensure Congress is working to confirm our country's support for the families of our military men and women."
The Military Family Caucus has been endorsed by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and is supported by The Military Family Association, the Red Cross, US Cares, and other organizations. Among the goals of the Caucus are improving education, childcare, health care, employment, and other support services for the families of active-duty military men and women. Caucus members have hosted a number of summits regarding post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and supporting the family members who care for our wounded warriors.
Rehberg has been a vocal advocate on behalf of the families left at home when soldiers are deployed. He created the Montana Battle Buddies program which acts as a supplement to existing support structures for the Montana families of soldiers deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The program connects businesses and organizations with military families in their community to help with everyday tasks like mowing the lawn, keeping up the house, babysitting or even help with tax preparation. See Rehberg's congressional website for more information on Montana Battle Buddies.