The House today passed a significant measure to support Kentucky’s military spouses who face unemployment due to a change in post.
House Bill 375, sponsored by Rep. Walker Thomas, R-Hopkinsville, would permit eligibility of unemployment benefits for an individual who leaves a job to follow their military spouse when reassigned to another base or duty location.
“The brave men and women who defend our nation are supported by the strongest, most selfless spouses,” said Rep. Thomas, whose district encompasses Fort Campbell. “The Department of Defense offers numerous programs through each branch of service to support our military spouses, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky must do their part as well. We are home to two vital military posts and we must be adamant in supporting not only the members of our Armed Forces, but the families that stand by their side.”
Current statute allows for benefits to be provided to spouses moving out of state, but the provision does not apply to those moving from one post to another within the state of Kentucky.
Specifically, this legislation would allow spouses to be eligible for unemployment benefits when moving from Fort Campbell to Fort Knox, and vice-versa.
The measure passed the House in a bipartisan manner and now heads to the Senate for consideration.