September 21, 2010

Senate Clears House Republican Bill to Assist Parents of Deceased Servicemembers

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Washington, D.C. Last night, the Senate cleared legislation to provide parents of deceased servicemembers, commonly referred to as Gold Star Parents, expanded access to state veterans’ homes.

Currently, only Gold Star Parents who have lost all of their children to service in the Armed Forces are eligible for residency in a state veterans’ home.  H.R. 4505, introduced by Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), expands such eligibility to include Gold Star Parents who have lost any children to service in the Armed Forces.

H.R. 4504 passed the House by a vote of 420-0 on June 30, 2010, and is now ready for the President’s signature.

“The loss of a child is a heartbreaking tragedy for any parent. When such loss occurs in defense of American freedom and democracy, we as a grateful and compassionate nation must do all that we can in recognition of their sacrifice,” said House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Steve Buyer.

 “I thank Congressman Thornberry for recognizing the needs of Gold Star Parents,” said Buyer. This commendable measure would ensure that some of our most deserving citizens are provided for in their latter years, and it would do so without any additional cost to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and without impacting space available to veterans.”

“Our highest admiration and respect should always lie with our servicemembers who knowingly and willingly put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” continued Buyer.  “And, we must also acknowledge and honor their beloved family members who also sacrifice in service to our country.”