Federal Job Preference Program Could Be Exteneded To Father’s Of Deceased Service Members

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Bipartisan legislation has been introduced 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.

The legislation, dubbed the “Gold Star Fathers Act of 2013,” was introduced by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop in partnership with Representative Walter Jones of North Carolina. The proposed bill would extend the 10-point hiring preference for federal civil service examination scores or ratings to both parents of 100-percent permanently disabled veterans who were 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 Mr. 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.”

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

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