Sending Office: Honorable Julia Brownley
Support Surviving Family Members of Medal of Honor Recipients
Cosponsors: Gonzalez (TX)
I invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 1779, my bill to support and recognize surviving family members of Medal of Honor recipients.
Recently, I had the privilege of meeting a Gold Star Mother, whose only son died in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism. Although her only child had given his life for our nation in battle, she was aging into poverty as she
was no longer able to work. While many of the Marines who served with her son had taken it upon themselves to support and help her as she has gotten older, in my view, our country should do more to support surviving family members of Medal of Honor recipients.
H.R. 1779 would finally accomplish this long overdue shortcoming in how we pay our respects to those who gave their lives to protect us, with heroism and distinction.
As you may know, under current law, Medal of Honor recipients receive a monthly special pension of $1,329.58 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the special pension is not payable to surviving spouses, children, parents, or other surviving
next-of-kin. This bill would authorize a Medal of Honor recipient to designate a beneficiary upon the recipient’s death or provide for the payment of the special pension to a surviving spouse, child, or other designated next-of-kin of posthumous Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor for action against an enemy force bestowed upon members of the Armed Forces. While the special pension is only a small token of appreciation from a grateful nation compared to the heroism displayed by Medal
of Honor recipients on the battlefield, it is an important recognition of their valor and heroism and a critical source of financial support for living recipients.
As we all know, when a servicemember dies in battle, families of service members also sacrifice and bear incredible costs, made worse when that hero was the primary breadwinner. H.R. 1779 is a step towards acknowledging and providing support for the survivors
of these heroes.
I hope you will consider the sacrifices surviving family members have made to our nation and lend your support to my bill. If you have any questions, or would like to cosponsor, please contact Daniel Dick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Member of Congress
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