Ask Your Lawmakers to Support the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act
The military spouse unemployment rate is not a new concern, but like many ongoing problems, it’s been made worse by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-pandemic, the military spouse unemployment rate was 22 percent and has been that or higher for over a decade. The pandemic has had a significant impact on this community, with 34 percent of military spouses reporting the loss of a job and 25 percent reporting reduced hours. The Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses and create dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for military families to reserve pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to cover out-of-pocket child care expenses.
This bill will incentivize businesses to hire military spouses and provide support for those military families requiring child care. Please take a moment to write your lawmakers about the importance of backing this legislation.