Donnelly touts federal aid for Active Guard and Researve child care

(From WSBT )

The new policy will provide federal help with child care for more than 50,000 children of Active Guard and Reserve personnel.

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, made the announcement in a press conference Monday.

Brendan Wilczynski of Mishawaka, who works for the Indiana Army National Guard in South Bend, brought the issue to Donnelly’s attention. His wife had to quit her job to care for their now 6-month-old son.

There is no estimate on costs yet, but the new policy will also help in the recruiting process.

“We are currently looking for a lot of members of the full time force of the National Guard,” Wilczynski said. “I think it is just an added benefit that will help us retain qualified members to do those duties to ensure the National Guard is more of a ready element.”

Indiana has the fourth largest group of National Guardsmen in Iraq.

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