Legislation to better support spouses and children who have lost a loved one in service to this country has been introduced by 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes. The families of service members who died in the line of duty, and of disabled veterans who died from a service-connected condition, receive a monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefit from the VA.
Hayes’ bipartisan bill will give these families an additional $300 per month. This allowance would bring the benefit more in line with federal employees and the Department of Defense's Survivor Benefits Plan. Hayes says the death of a service member should never lead a family to financial hardship, and the country owes it to these men and women to give these Gold Star families the full benefits they have earned.
4th District Congressman Jim Himes cosponsors the bill.