Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Education and Labor, succeeded in including her Servicemember Parents Bill of Rights in the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for 2023. The Servicemember Parents Bill of Rights was included following a 39-19 bipartisan vote in the committee. After being passed by the House the act will need to be reconciled with the Senate-passed version before being voted on by both chambers. Stefanik introduced this amendment after listening to the concerns of servicemember parents. This act is a stand taken by Stefanik to ensure service members are informed and involved in their children’s learning experience. The act forces more transparency from Department of Defense Education Activity schools about what the children of some of the most important members of our society learn in their schools. As Stefanik made clear, this should not be a partisan issue, and the 39-19 vote makes clear that it is not, yet still introducing this amendment is a strong example of Stefanik’s support for all American service members.

Sylvia Rowan
Herkimer, NY 13350