When a one member of a military deploys, the entire family serves.

Sen. Steve Conway is sponsoring a bill to ensure that the people who are left behind while their loved ones are protecting our freedoms abroad, have the resources they need stateside to continue life as normal as possible.

Senate Bill 6626 will establish a liaison office inside the state’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs to work with military spouses. Military spouses face a variety of challenges during deployment including childcare, employment, education and simply making ends meet.

“Military spouses are potentially thousands of miles away, but in many ways they serve right alongside their family member,” Conway said. “Many of these folks turn into single parents during deployment. This liaison position will give these brave men and women and their families a resource they can lean on during an extraordinarily stressful time.”

The bill passed the Senate with unanimous support on Feb. 18. It now awaits further consideration in the House.