CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 408 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) on May 6, 2009.
H.Res. 408 resolves that the House of Representatives "recognizes and honors the family readiness volunteers of each branch of the Armed Forces who selflessly devote their time, talent, energy, and resources in service to the United States and commends family readiness volunteers for their dedicated contributions to the quality of life of members of the Armed Forces and their families."
According to the resolution's findings, since 2001, nearly 2 million sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The military necessity of deployments, relocations, and often infrequent family contact for members of the Armed Forces can be challenging for service members and their families. In response to these sacrifices and challenges, family readiness volunteers from each branch of the Armed Forces provide critical support during deployments to service members and their families. The thousands of family readiness volunteers are generally spouses of members of the Armed Forces.