Walorski Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Families of Fallen Servicemembers

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Walorski Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Families of Fallen Service Members

Legislation Calls for Semipostal Stamp Honoring Families Who Lost Loved Ones in Combat

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) today introduced the Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act (H.R. 1147) to honor servicemembers who lose their lives serving in uniform and to provide assistance to their families.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice, as well as their loved ones,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Families of Fallen Heroes stamp will honor these families and remind them our nation will never forget the brave men and women who gave their lives to defend freedom.”

“The brave men and women of our military who knowingly risk their lives on our behalf deserve to know that their families will be supported and cared for,” Congresswoman Esty said. “After speaking with Joe Nolan in Waterbury and other families who have lost loved ones, I understood the need to do more to honor their sacrifice. The ‘Families of Fallen Heroes’ Semipostal stamp will pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our nation. But it does more than that: by providing proceeds to a program that provides direct assistance to the families of fallen service members, it will help these families get critical help when they need it most.”

BACKGROUND

The Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act would direct the U.S. Postal Service to issue a Families of Fallen Heroes Semipostal Stamp, the proceeds of which would go to the Families of the Fallen Support program, which is jointly administered by the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

The Families of the Fallen support program supports families at Dover Air Base when they witness the return of their fallen loved ones and continue this support through peer-based support groups and camps for children to connect with others coping with a similar loss.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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