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Bishop Bill Gives Fathers of Deceased or Disabled Service Members Receive Federal Job Preference

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Tim Bishop has introduced bipartisan legislation to expand a federal hiring preference currently available only to mothers of service members killed in action or permanently and totally disabled veterans to also include "Gold Star" fathers.

Introduced in partnership with Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), the "Gold Star Fathers Act of 2013," HR 1832, would extend the 10-point hiring preference for federal civil service examination scores or ratings to both parents of certain 100 percent permanently-disabled veteran who was honorably-discharged after service in an overseas contingency operation; or, a service member who dies under honorable conditions during war or an operation that has been designated with a campaign medal.

"We owe America's Gold Star families a debt that can never be repaid, and both fathers and mothers who have sacrificed so much for our nation deserve preference if they seek to serve as federal employees," said Congressman Tim Bishop. "This bipartisan legislation is about standing up for all those who have lost a child in our nation's service, or who are caring for a disabled veteran."

"I am proud to join my colleague Tim Bishop in support of this important piece of legislation," said Jones. "It only makes sense to extend the same privilege to the fathers of our veterans that we have already given to the mothers. This is simply another opportunity to express gratitude to the families of our service members who have sacrificed life and limb protecting our freedoms."

The "Gold Star Fathers Act" in currently under review in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has jurisdiction over employment policies for federal workers.

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