|Sponsor||Rep. Skelton, Ike|
|Date||March 11, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.Con.Res. 64 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO) on February 26, 2009.
H.Con.Res. 64 resolves that Congress:
• "Expresses its deepest appreciation to the families of members of the Armed Forces who serve, or have served, in defense of the United States;
• "Recognizes the contributions that military families make, and encourages the people of the United States to share their appreciation for the sacrifices military families give on behalf of the United States; and
• "Urges the President to designate a `Year of the Military Family' and to encourage the people of the United States and the Department of Defense to observe the `Year of Military Family' with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
According to the resolution's findings, there are more than 1.8 million family members of military personnel in the country, as well as 1.1 million family members of reserve component personnel. Military families face unique challenges inherent to military life including lengthy separation from loved ones and frequent relocation to bases around the United States or overseas. Some military families have additionally given the ultimate sacrifice in the loss of an immediate family member in the defense of the United States.