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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Jan. 4 introduced legislation to provide increased flexibility for relocation of military spouses and children when a member of the military is transferred, according to the Library of Congress government information website.

The legislation also directs the Comptroller General to report to Congress recommending actions the Department of Defense can take assist families undergoing a permanent change of station.

"The approach to military families within the Department of Defense has changed considerably over the past decade, and recruitment and retention of military families is now seen as at least important as the recruitment and retention of individual members of the armed forces. ... The current military family readiness system falls short of providing military families the flexibility they need during moves," the legislation reads.

The legislation -- HR 279 -- had no co-sponsors, as of Monday. 

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