For our nation’s veterans, finding affordable childcare is already a challenge. While on active-duty, on-base childcare is subsidized based on rank and income to lessen this burden for military families. After transitioning out of the service, however, on-base facilities are no longer available, and veterans are forced to find other care providers. Many of these facilities can cost more than double what a family would pay on base. In addition to this spike in childcare costs, veterans are faced with a myriad of new and increasing costs as well as navigating an unknown workforce.
Bethany, a single mother of two, was in the process of transitioning out of the Navy. While her daughters were enrolled at an on-base childcare center, she knew she would have to find off-base care in order to provide for her family after her transition. Unexpectedly, Bethany was notified that her timeline had been expedited and her official discharge date was only weeks away.
As she began looking for childcare, she soon realized the cost would be twice what she had paid for on-base care. With her discharge date rapidly approaching, Bethany enrolled her daughters in daycare, but worried her savings wouldn’t last until she secured employment. Fortunately, Bethany learned about our programs online and applied for childcare assistance. After receiving assistance and navigating her first few months in the civilian sector, Bethany shared her gratitude with our team:
“I had so much anxiety for the future after my discharge date was moved up. Because of this assistance however, wondering where my kids were going to be while I navigated our new chapter wasn’t something I had to stress about. Because of you, I’ve been able to start a new job and lay the foundation for our next steps.”
Bethany also shared that in addition to maintaining employment, she enrolled in a degree program. Bethany is well on her way to a brighter future for her and her children. This is Your Impact!Back To Blog