WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTNH) — A bill was signed into law Wednesday evening that expands the “Gold Star Mothers” policy, a formal hiring preference for federal jobs from solely mothers who lost sons or daughters at war, to include fathers.
Congressman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT 5th) visited Gold Star families in Waterbury before she presented the Gold Star Fathers Act to the House of Representations. She elaborates on her motivation to include all members of the household in acknowledging the tragedy of losing a child at war.
“Those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country deserve to know that we will support and care for the loved ones they leave behind. In many cases, not only have our Gold Star families undergone significant trauma emotionally, but they may have also lost a source of their financial stability or even have mounting medical bills from the care of their loved ones. Enactment of my bipartisan Gold Star Fathers Act extends the existing hiring preference to fathers – ensuring equal treatment of and respect for all parents of deceased or disabled veterans.”
Even the President of Gold Star Mothers, Inc. stands behind this expansion, begging the question, “Why shouldn’t Gold Star Fathers be honored like Gold Star Mothers – they have the same feelings. They are just as deserving.”
While at a Gold Star Mothers event in Waterbury last year, Congressman Esty met Joseph Nolan of Waterbury. Joseph lost his son, Joe, on duty in Iraq. He had raised Joe as a single parent since his wife passed away when Joe was in high school. Joe comments on how important this law is.
“As a Gold Star Father, I often run into people who have never heard of Gold Star families. This new law is great news for Gold Star Families across America who live day by day with the cost of war and work to keep the memory of our fallen sons and daughters alive.”