About the Book
When the War Came Home chronicles the impact of operationalizing the forces that were intended to function as strategic reserves, and provides a personal account of Stacy’s home front experience as she protests a war that her husband is fighting. At the heart of this powerful story of service, sacrifice, and speaking out is the question: What constitutes support for the troops, and when does it begin - before war is declared, during deployment, or after they come home?
Bannerman’s Bills & Legislation
• Kristy Huddleston Act, Proposed & Drafted by Stacy Bannerman: Currently under review by several U.S. Senators, The Kristy Huddleston Act proposes to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide Transitional Compensation, assistance, and support services to family caregivers and dependent children that are victims of Veteran Intimate Partner Violence and Dependent Abuse; to provide medical care and counseling for family caregivers and dependent children suffering Dependent Abuse and Veteran violence in the home; to improve the provision of crisis shelter and transitional supported housing to caregiver and child victims of Dependent Abuse and Veteran Intimate Partner Violence; and for other purposes.
• Oregon State Military Family Task Force Now Law: On August 5th, 2011, H.B. 3391, proposed and championed by Stacy, was signed into law, creating the nation's first statewide, state-sponsored task force comprised completely of military family members, with support from the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Oregon Military Department. The Military Family Task Force leverages the expertise of military families in assisting policymakers to identify and develop policies to better serve the needs of the 21st Century military families.
• Military Family Leave: Stacy successfully spearheaded state and national legislative campaigns for military family leave, resulting in passage of Oregon H.B. 2744, and introduction of the federal Military Family Leave Act of 2009 by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA), a House Armed Services Subcommittee chairman, in July of 2009. The federal bill was passed in the House as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, and the Senate version (S. 1441) is pending.