Military Spouse Magazine

JAN 2019

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MARLA BAUTISTA , ARMY SPOUSE "HOMELESS" PAGE 28 There is an issue with the lack of childcare staff and facili- ties on many military installations. Having multiple children, including one with special needs, it is nearly impossible for me to obtain care simultaneously for all of them. There is an overabundance of rules, regulations, and roadblocks on military installations regarding childcare. Ultimately, the military spouse will bear the burden of compensating for the lack of care by being unemployed or using unauthorized childcare. Lawmakers need to revisit and revise the rules and regulations pertaining to the Child and Youth Services (CYS) hiring practices, extending childcare availability hours, and implementing care for children with special needs. Marla is an Army wife, mother of three and the published author of "My Thoughts Abandoned," re- leased in 2017. She is a freelance writer and blogger. Marla is also the founder of the Bautista Project, a custom d├ęcor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of its profits to provide for homeless communities. MEGAN BROWN AIR FORCE SPOUSE "VOLUNTEERING" PAGE 16 Childcare is the buzzword that is constantly circulating within the military community. Childcare is one of the largest needs for military spouses. Whether it is to find gainful employment, or even something as simple as going to a hair appointment. We sacrifice, in that we do not live near family or have resources for free or inexpensive babysit- ting. In my 13 years as an active duty military spouse, I have tried to be an advocate for change in regards to quality childcare. Could you imagine if our installation fitness centers had available child watch, like most private gyms do? Or what if military hospitals had "teddy watch" so that spouses could actually attend health and wellness appointments? While there are some options for child- care, most of them are underfunded and ineffective. For example, the Family Child Care (FCC) Program can be funded to be utilized by military families for upcoming deployments, a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), or after arriving at a new duty station. But, if there are no FCC providers at military installations, the program cannot be used. My hope would be that decision-makers JACKIE DERY , MARINE CORPS SPOUSE "GRAB A MAT" PAGE 30 If I could change one thing to improve military life it would be to increase enlisted service members' sala- ries. The men and women who work so hard every day, some supporting a family, are not appropriately com- pensated in regards to the sacrifices they make on a daily basis. A salary increase would help justify the lifestyle and hardships that come with military life. Jackie Dery happily resides in North Carolina with her husband and cat. She is a certified yoga teacher and blogger for HowToMilspouse.com. In her free time, you can find her at the beach with family and friends. W H A T W E L O V E Q What Militar y Family Issues Should Get More Attention? January 2019 Contributors would work together to find solutions to improve the quality of life for military fami- lies, and that includes quality childcare. Megan is an Air Force spouse, a mother of four, freelance writer, and military mis- sionary. She is also the co-founder of MilSpouse Tribe, an online community for military spouses of all ages and stages. You can connect with her at milspousetribe.com or email her at milspousetribe@gmail.com. Like Facebook.com/MilitarySpouse for a chance to be published in the next issue! WHAT YOU TOLD US ON SOCIAL! BAH! It needs to actually reflect the cost of living of the cities around the military installations and not just the post zip code. So much paying out of pocket to live in a good area with a good school system for the kids. It adds more financial stress to the family with they are having to pay so many housing costs out of pocket. (Megan) Reciprocity for state licensure for spouses. Does it really have to be so hard to get licensed with every move? It can be very expensive and frustrating to navigate the system, especially when you are moving every few years. (Amanda) More support and resources for Reserve families during deployment. Often times we don't have access to the same resources and events that Active Duty and National Guard families do during deployments. We aren't always near military bases and it's hard to get that support especially during the holidays. (Julie) Really helping families with an overseas PCS move. The stress of moving out of the country is hard enough but coupled with random tasks to be completed with no direction on how to get them done is a completely unnecessary addi- tion to this turbulent change. And you know that if anything is not done you lose com- mand sponsorship, the ability to be with your spouse, and BAH. Ridiculous. (Tricia) H 10 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / JANUARY 2019

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