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Bill Provides Unemployment Benefits to Military Spouses

By Kristin M. Hall,Associated Press
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Military spouses who leave their jobs because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under proposed bill in Tennessee that has the support of the governor.
The bill sponsored by state Sen. Tim Barnes and state Rep. Joe Pitts of Clarksville passed the Senate on Thursday after Gov. Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his 2012-2013 fiscal year budget proposal. The House version has not yet been put to a vote.
With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, Ky., on the Tennessee line, the two Democratic lawmakers have spent months advocating for the bill and making visits to the installation to hear directly about the needs of military families.
“We realized that Tennessee was one of only 11 states that did not offer those unemployment benefits and being from the Fort Campbell/Clarksville area that was an embarrassment to me,” said Barnes this week.
Their efforts paid off when the Republican governor included the necessary funding that had previously been a sticking point.

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Crissy Haslam Hosts Spouses of Deployed Soldiers

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – First Lady Crissy Haslam today hosted more than 100 spouses of deployed soldiers of the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard for a reception at the Tennessee Residence.
The purpose of the event was to honor the sacrifices that military families have made and to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in our nation’s defense. Country Singer/Songwriter Josh Thompson provided entertainment at the event.
“Men and women in the military make incredible sacrifices, and we can never thank you enough for the sacrifices your families have also made for our country,” Mrs. Haslam said during the event. She also shared best wishes from the governor, who is currently overseas visiting soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Col. Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Adjunct General of the Tennessee National Guard, both attended the event to honor military families. A Military Spouses’ Day Proclamation, recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, was read aloud to acknowledge the significant contributions, support and sacrifices of spouses of the Armed Forces.
“It was an honor to welcome so many brave military spouses to the Tennessee Residence, and we are so incredibly grateful for their service and sacrifice,” Mrs. Haslam said.