“I call on Congress to enact the reforms recommended by Senator Bob Dole and Secretary Donna Shalala, so we can improve the system of care for our wounded warriors… Our military families sacrifice for America… So I ask you to join me in expanding their access to childcare, creating new hiring preferences for military spouses across the federal government, and allowing our troops to transfer their unused education benefits to their spouses or children.”
- Regular military compensation for a single enlisted member in the lowest pay grade in 2006: $29,700.
- Regular military compensation for an enlisted member with a spouse and two children in the lowest pay grade in 2006: $32,800.
- Number of dollars added to the national economy for every dollar spent on educational benefits under the original G.I. Bill: $7.
- Approximate amount of tuition support a service member can receive, in total, under the current G.I. Bill: $39,600.
- Average price of one year at a 4-year private college: $22,218.
- Percentage of troops who pay a nonrefundable $1,200 contribution towards G.I. Bill benefits who never use the G.I. Bill: 30%.
- Percentage of veterans who use their whole G.I. Bill benefit: 8%.
- Average amount less per hour that military wives earn compared to their civilian counterparts: $3.
- Percentage of active-duty military spouses who have their high school diploma: 97%.
Thank you Mr. President. Congress, get to work.