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HB136 Helps Missouri Military Families
>>AMY SUSAN: It’s been a month since House Bill 136 went into effect allowing spouses, who must leave their jobs or relocate to be with their active military personnel, to file for unemployment benefits. We find two families who are making the move and thanking their patriotic stars for this symbol of support from their state.
>>ROBYN McCULLEM: Because we are making these--these sacrifices to, you know, where I have to quit my job and leave my job behind, obviously going from dual income. We have two kids.
>>LARRY REBMAN: Military families who are impacted by a relocation should--should know that if they are forced to quit their job, due to a transfer of an active duty military personnel, they can contact the Division of Employment Security and file an unemployment claim and we will work with you on obtaining benefits.
>>STEPHEN FINN: I believe it’s a good thing. It-it’s something that they needed to look into for a long time because it is upsetting for the family to get up and move to a new location.
>>MICHAEL GARDNER: This law is a very patriotic act. It supports service members in times of need. They--it’s a hardship for spouses to pick up and--and--and move to be with the service member.
>>McCULLEM: It shows that the State of Missouri is supporting, not just our troops, but the families and the sacrifices that the families have to make.
>>REBMAN: I think this law demonstrates that the State of Missouri continues the honor of the sacrifices that active duty military face when defending our country.
>>SUSAN: For more information about this program or to see frequently asked questions, visit www.moclaim.mo.gov and look for the military unemployment posts in the news and notices box.