WASHINGTON DC – Following year-long efforts from U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Department of Defense has finally heeded her call to align its internal guidance with current law to provide unaccompanied junior servicemembers with a dislocation allowance when transitioning from military to off-base private housing.
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- “Ensuring our servicemembers in Nevada and across our nation receive all of the benefits they deserve is one of my top priorities, especially now, when housing costs are rapidly rising,” Rosen said in a release obtained by The Nevada Independent.
- Rosen first championed the implementation of the policy after visiting Creech and Nellis in July. She joined the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2021.
- During her visit to the bases, Rosen learned that single junior airmen had to pay out-of-pocket costs associated with moving to private housing, typically a security deposit and the first month’s rent.
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- Increased aid for junior military personnel was sought by Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, after she visited with airmen from Nellis and Creech last year.
- She ensured costs to cover assistance for moving, deposits or utilities were included in the National Defense Authorization Act last year.
- Rosen said ensuring military personnel receive benefits they deserve is a priority, “especially now, when housing costs are rising rapidly.”
By Karen Jowers
- “Ensuring our service members in Nevada and across our nation receive all of the benefits they deserve is one of my top priorities, especially now, when housing costs are rapidly rising,” Rosen said in a press release announcing the change.
- “It was heartbreaking to hear that junior enlisted airmen at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases were ordered to move off-base without receiving their dislocation allowance to pay for the high cost of housing. Over the past year, I’ve made it a priority to press the Department of Defense to fix this issue,” she added.
- During a May 3 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rosen questioned Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall about why the Air Force hadn’t started providing DLA to airmen.
“Junior enlisted airmen in Nevada will now receive aid when relocating from military to off-base private housing following a year-long effort by Senator Jacky Rosen to have the Department of Defense update its guidance to implement a partial dislocation allowance.”
“Military life is a challenge. There are deployments to different bases – the act of moving is a challenge of its own, and it’s expensive. But the military pays for transitions, but that money used to only arrive after the fact. Now, Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen is working on getting that money to servicemen and women faster.”