Friday, February 22, 2008

McCaskill Urges Gates To Change Leave Policy

Sen. Claire McCaskill is asking Secretary of Defense Bob Gates to establish a "single, equitable policy" on post-birth deployment deferment for military moms.

McCaskill is calling on Gates to prioritize "medical, including psychological, considerations of the mother and newborn child."

The Washington Post recently reported that the Army affords new mothers the shortest post-birth deferment from deployment.

“Our military needs today’s heroic women servicemembers. We cannot afford to maintain policies that penalize them in an area as sensitive as newborn infant care, nor in other facets of their careers, less we lose the ability both to retain these heroes and recruit new ones," McCaskill said.

Read the full Washington Post story HERE.

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