WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed Rep. Don Bacon’s first bill, a measure aimed at helping Gold Star spouses and dependents access on-base benefits.
The Nebraska Republican said he has learned as a congressman how Gold Star families, or those who have lost a member serving during war, are disenfranchised. The bill creates a standardized policy across installations so the families can more easily access military facilities and certain benefits. The bill also extends benefits to gold star spouses, regardless of marital status, as long as they have dependent children.
“The core of this bill is about commitment, a commitment for life and ensuring as a legislative body we support our Gold Star families and extend to them a small measure of compassion, dignity, and respect that their tremendous sacrifice deserves,” Bacon said in a press release.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., introduced companion legislation in the Senate on Tuesday.