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Giving Military Family Caregivers a Break

Good news for military family caregivers today. The Obama Administration has proposed a new rule that would allow families of U.S. service members to use the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for an injured soldier or to help them get ready if they’re deployed on short notice.

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits Matt and Sgt. Kimberly Munley at the hospital on Fort Hood, Texas. Photo by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff via CreativeCommons.

Labor Department officials will consider comments over the next 60 days before deciding whether to give it the green light. Here are the highlights of the proposal:

Any thoughts? If you could propose new rules for caregivers of military families, what would they be?