A bill has been introduced by a local lawmaker to honor families who lost loved ones while serving this country in uniform. 5th District Congress woman Elizabeth Esty says the "Support the Families of Fallen Heroes Act" follows enactment of a new law to bring equity to parents of fallen heroes. Esty previously introduced the Gold Star Fathers Act.
During a veterans event, a constituent suggested that fallen soldiers be recognized on postage stamps.
Esty says those brave enough to knowingly put their lives on the line deserve to know that their loved ones they leave behind will be supported.
Esty says the Families of the Fallen Support program provides critical support services for these families and revenue from the postage stamp would be put toward the program. It's jointly administered by the United Service Organizations and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. The program supports families at Dover Air Base when they witness the return of their fallen loved ones.
The organization also offers peer-based support groups and camps for children to connect with others coping with a similar loss.