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Offsprings Of Our Heroic Soldiers Will Benefit From The Gold Star Children Act

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A couple of bills with the goal of providing special benefits to children of military personnel who died serving their country, are being pushed by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Pilots and staff of clandestine air transport during wars and other military engagements will also be covered by the legislation.

Children of veterans who died or got disabled in the battlefield will be granted hiring preferences through the Gold Star Children Act, a bill which was authored by GOP Representative Van Taylor with Rep. Carolyn Maloney as the committee chairperson. 

“There are more than 15,000 children in the United States right now who have lost a mother or father to war. Many other children have a parent who was permanently and totally disabled as a result of their military service. The bill would finally right this wrong by extending the veterans preference to these children in recognition of the sacrifice that they too have endured,” Maloney said.

Maloney also proclaimed her support for the Air America Act of 2021 that will provide retirement benefits for former employees of the CIA-owned airline. Veterans of Air America were the ones who conducted search and rescue missions during the Vietnam War, while providing transportation for civilians and military personnel in Laos.

“The employees of Air America have never been recognized as federal employees, and therefore were never deemed eligible to receive a federal pension,” she said.

“It’s now clear that, while their employees were nominally working for Air America, they were really working for the federal government. This legislation would classify time employed by Air America as creditable service, making those employees, or their heirs, eligible for federal retirement benefits,” she added.

Republican congressman James Comer of Kentucky, who is a ranking member of the committee, was very supportive of the initiative.

“This bill will help America honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice by ensuring that children are able to bring their experiences, talents and skills to the American people’s federal government,” Comer said.

“It’s clear that the children of veterans who die or become disabled as a result of their service in the armed forces will face incredible hardships. They have endured a trauma that our country should never forget,” Comer added.

Since it was crafted, the two bills already have more than 100 co-sponsors in the House, including Republican senators Marco Rubio of Florida and John Cornyn of Texas, who showed their declaration of support through an official letter.

“Air America was a government-owned corporation that conducted covert operations during the Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam War. The fight to ensure Air America employees receive the benefits they have earned is not a partisan issue, nor is it a new issue. … It is time for Congress to act,” the letter elaborated.

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