Senate Democrats are pushing new legislation that gives veterans extra time to get organized before they're deployed.

Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) says the proposal provides members of the military, their spouses, and parents the opportunity to take up to 30 days leave from work to help the family plan and prepare for the deployment.

“This leave better prepares service members and their families to meet their obligations, to tend to loved ones, and to prepare for deployment.”

Sullivan, who is the Chair of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, says this legislation would give soldiers the flexibility to worry about one less thing. The Wauwatosa Democrat says he hopes to help veterans re-integrate into life after their military service, including additional resources for financial counseling and access to their old job.

“Upon return from active duty employees must be restored to the positions they held when their leave commenced or positions with equivalent terms and conditions.”

The legislation was authored by Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). It's part of the Democratic “Veterans Care Package” introduced (Tuesday) at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum .

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