Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), which includes an amendment sponsored by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) that would honor the dependents of combat veterans. Specifically, Rep. Lujan Grisham's amendment would establish a ceremony where a special lapel pin is awarded to a dependent of a service member who deployed 30 days or longer in a combat zone. Rep. Lujan Grisham's amendment passed the House last night by a voice vote. The NDAA passed the House today by a margin of 315-108. Rep. Lujan Grisham released the following statement after House passage of the NDAA:
"I am pleased that the House of Representatives has passed my amendment honoring the dependents of combat veterans as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2014. The children of combat veterans serve their country in ways that often go unnoticed. They take care of younger siblings, assume additional responsibilities at home, and their deployed parent misses important milestones such as graduations, birthdays and athletic events.
"The children of service members also live with the daily uncertainty and fear that comes from knowing that a loved one is in harm's way. Many also find that their parent returns home fundamentally changed from combat. Too many veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, substance abuse and other conditions that can place a strain on families. Some parents never return home from combat.
"My amendment will ensure that America's military children and families receive the honor and appreciation they deserve."