HOUSE PASSES DON BACON’S FIRST BILL, AIMED AT HELPING GOLD STAR FAMILIES ACCESS ON-BASE BENEFITS

The House of Representative 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.  Senator Deb Fischer introduced companion legislation in the Senate on Tuesday.