Pentagon to use Defense Production Act for $133 million in N95 masks

April 13, 2020

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The Armed Services YMCA and Care.com are helping service members who need childcare during the coronavirus outbreak. The two organizations are offering free, 90-day premium memberships to the 25,000 service members who depend on the YMCA for childcare or before- and after-school care. The membership will provide access to caretakers in their community.

Service members can go to asymca.care.com to enroll to find childcare or to provide childcare. About 1.6 million children have a parent in the military. Since the crisis, service members have said childcare has been especially hard to find.

“It’s difficult to get childcare without a crisis, it’s impossible to get it during a crisis,” one Air Force spouse told a recent “Pain Points” survey by Blue Star Families. “My special needs child requires four Pediasure a day to avoid having a feeding tube. The stores are limiting Pediasure sales and they are running out. What do I do?” —SM

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Pentagon to use Defense Production Act for $133 million in N95 masks
By: Scott Maucione
April 13, 2020

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