U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Kennedy (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), introduced the bipartisan Support our Military Spouses Act to ease the relocation process frequently required of military families. The bill would ensure that spouses of active duty service members would not have to establish new legal residency every time they move for a military reassignment.
“Military spouses make many sacrifices alongside the service of their loved ones, including the difficulties that come from continual relocation,” Sen. Cornyn said. “This legislation would help alleviate stress by making it easier for them to establish residency for employment and voter registration so they can continue to provide for their families and cast their ballot during elections.”
The 2017 Blue Star Families Lifestyle Survey reported 72 percent of military families lived in their communities for two years or less, and a majority of families indicated they are experiencing high levels of stress associated with moving for the military. In 2009, the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) gave military spouses the right to retain their state of legal residence after a military reassignment if the couple has established the same residence at the time of their marriage. The Support our Military Spouses Act will allow military spouses to use the same residence as their spouse after a military reassignment regardless of the couple’s residency at the time of the marriage. By allowing spouses to select and keep the same state of residency as their partner, the Support our Military Spouses Act will reduce confusion and ease transitions from year to year for these families.