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Gold Star Fathers

October 2, 2015

Gold Star MothersPresident Barack Obama’s signature is all that remains for fathers of fallen service members and those permanently disabled to receive preferential hiring status for jobs with the federal government. The Gold Star Fathers Act recently passed the House after clearing the Senate in May.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would give fathers that same benefit that has been given to mothers of fallen and permanently disabled service members. They receive a 10-point hiring preference when applying for federal jobs.

“Families whose sons and daughters have been killed or disabled in combat have suffered grievously,” Wyden said in a statement following the House vote. “While no action can remove that grief, this bill provides long overdue recognition to these fathers whose sons and daughters have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

Brown said, “By extending federal preference eligibility to fathers, we are righting a wrong that should have been corrected many years ago. This law will ensure that we honor the sacrifice of Gold Star fathers.”

Gold Star refers to the emblem traditionally displayed by families of fallen service members as a symbol of their loss.

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