SIGN ON: Veterans in Maine support Paid Family & Medical Leave

To our policymakers:

Veterans and their families face unique and continuing health care challenges that can sometimes require an extended absence from work or the support of a family member.

We know that combat veterans experience mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury at a higher rate than people who have not served, and that about 20 veterans a day commit suicide.

That’s why we, the undersigned, are advocating that Maine create a paid family and medical leave benefit program. We believe that this type of public policy is particularly important for veterans and their families.

A statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave policy would provide all Mainers with at least 12 weeks to care for a member of their family or 20 weeks to address a personal medical issue.

This would give our veterans the opportunity to reenter the workforce while providing them the time they need to care for themselves or their loved ones.

When veterans return home to their families and their communities, they need not only our thanks but also the support to be successful.

We encourage Mainers to support the creation of a Paid Family & Medical Leave program. It’s good public policy that will benefit all Maine workers, and especially the men and women who have served their country in the military.

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