From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By: Michael.Carlo@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.R. 1222
Support Gold Star Fathers
Cosponsor H.R. 1222, the Gold Star Fathers Act
I invite you to become a cosponsor of the Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015. Our military families make incredible sacrifices for our country, particularly parents of a son or daughter killed or seriously injured while serving in uniform. It is time to establish equality in our nation’s treatment of the parents of deceased or disabled veterans.
Currently, qualifying mothers of certain disabled or deceased veterans are considered “preference eligible” when applying for federal civil service jobs. Congress has already recognized that mothers who have lost a child or are caring for their permanently disabled child deserve a hand in seeking federal employment. The Gold Star Fathers Act would simply extend this preference eligibility to the fathers of permanently disabled or deceased veterans as well.
The loss of a child is felt just as strongly by our veteran’s fathers as by their mothers. Let’s correct this inequity by extending preference eligibility for federal jobs to both parents of our fallen heroes.
To cosponsor H.R. 1222 or request further information, please contact Michael Carlo in my office at Michael.Carlo@mail.house.gov or 5-4476.
Elizabeth H. Esty
Member of Congress