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Rep. Taylor Introduces Gold Star Children Act

Provides Federal Hiring Preference to Children of Fallen Service Members

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Washington, July 24, 2019 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 570-0927) | comments
U.S. Congressman Van Taylor today introduced legislation to create a federal hiring preference for the children of fallen service members.
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WASHINGTON - United States Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) today introduced legislation to create a federal hiring preference for the children of fallen service members.

In an effort to honor and recognize the tremendous sacrifices made for our country by our fallen service members as well as those permanently and totally disabled, Congressman Van Taylor introduced H.R. 3938, the Gold Star Children Act.

Congressman Van Taylor, author of the legislation, stated, “Serving in our nation’s military is a family commitment – an unescapable truth made soberly apparent when a family member dies protecting our freedom. As a nation, we can never repay the debt owed to the families of our fallen military personnel, however we can help ensure they can care and provide for their family. By expanding the federal hiring preference to Gold Star children, we can alleviate some stress and support those left to bear the sorrow of that ultimate sacrifice.”

The Gold Star Children Act will extend the federal hiring preference to the children of fallen or permanently and totally disabled service members. Today, candidates for federal employment are graded on a one hundred point scale. Under the Gold Star Children Act, eligible Gold Star children would receive a ten point hiring preference.

H.R. 3938 has broad bipartisan support and has been endorsed by the American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Gold Star Kids, Gold Star Children, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, AMVETS, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Original cosponsors of the legislation include Representatives Kelly Armstrong (R-ND-AL), Don Bacon (R-NE-03), Jim Baird (R-IN-04), Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-02), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08), Elaine Luria (D-VA-02), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23), Greg Steube (R-FL-17), and Michael Waltz (R-FL-06).

The text of H.R. 3938 can be found here and a legislative summary can be found here.

Today, there are more than 15,000 children of all ages in the United States who have lost a parent to war. In addition to the trauma of losing a parent, these individuals are often forced to take on great responsibility far sooner than their peers.

A "Gold Star Child" is defined as "the child of a service member who lost his or her life under honorable conditions while serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during the period beginning April 28, 1952, and ending July 1, 1955.”

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor as well as the House Committee on Homeland Security.
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