Since I reported on a Senate bill in the last post, I thought you might find this House Resolution to be equally interesting. It has nothing to do with POW/MIA families, but it does impact Gold Star Families.
H.R. 1911 is titled the "SFC Brian Woods Gold Star and Military Survivors Act”, and was introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL). The bill was named after Army Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods Jr., who served with Waltz as an Army Green Beret and was killed on August 16, 2009 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
The bill would:
- allow survivors that re-married to continue to have access to on-base facilities if they have dependent children; allow surviving spouses of service members who were killed while on duty to continue to receive DIC or SBP should they re-marry and ensures survivors that re-married before the bill becomes law are eligible to collect benefits moving forward;
- direct the Pentagon to pay the transportation costs of remains for those killed in combat back to their hometown for any memorial services and to a national cemetery of the surviving family’s choice (current law only authorizes one trip);
- and authorize the Pentagon to extend the existing childcare service assistance program (for civilian providers) to survivors of service members that die in the line of duty.
The text of the bill can be found here -> H.R. 1911
Sounds good to me - how about you?
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