Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), an Army veteran who continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve, announced the United States Air Force has designated Long Island a high cost area, allowing active duty Air Force service members to receive child care tuition assistance from the Department of Defense (DOD) for use at approved local child care providers.
Earlier this year, Congressman Zeldin’s office initiated an inquiry with the Air Force through the Department of Defense to reassess its cost of living determination for New York’s First Congressional District, home of Gabreski Air National Guard Base. This review resulted in all of Long Island being designated as a high cost area, making active duty Air Force service members eligible for child care tuition assistance.
“Long Island is one of the most beautiful places in America to call home, but it also boasts one of the highest costs of living in the country,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Long Island’s active duty service members, especially those serving at Gabreski Air National Guard Base, put their lives on the line to protect us. They deserve access to each and every benefit they have earned, and ensuring they have this child care assistance will make living in the Long Island communities they serve a little easier.”