Kuster Praises Passage of Legislation to Provide a Pay Raise to Our Troops, Fund PFAS Cleanup, and Empower Survivors to Report Military Sexual Assaults
Washington, December 8, 2020
Rep. Kuster released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act.
“I am proud the House came together in a bipartisan way to pass the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Rep. Kuster. “In these difficult times for our country, it is important for the American public to see elected leaders working together to protect our nation. This bill provides a well-earned pay raise for our men and women in uniform, removes the shameful legacy of the Confederacy from military installations, and will improve access to childcare for Department of Defense families. Most importantly, this bill ensures that our country maintains a strong national defense during a global pandemic and recognizes New Hampshire's unique role in maintaining our national security.”
The National Defense Authorization Act contains important provisions to support our troops, improve readiness, and keep the country safe, including:
The legislation also contains a study on factors that lead to women post-9/11 veterans experiencing unemployment. During the pandemic, the unemployment rate for women post-9/11 veterans surged above the national average to 20%. This provision will help Congress prevent future surges moving forward.