Today we pause to think about those men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. More than 6,000 U.S. service members have been killed since 9/11. Here is how we can truly honor them:
- The December 2017 tax law overhaul treats survivor benefits the same as family estate transfers, which increased the tax rate to 37%, creating huge financial burdens for military families. Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-Va.), a Navy veteran, said, “Gold Star Families have already paid the ultimate price, so it broke my heart when a surviving spouse from Coastal Virginia alerted me to this injustice.” Congresswoman Luria has introduced a bill to reverse the tax law changes for those benefits. Congress should pass H.R. 2481 – the bi-partisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act – immediately. See: https://luria.house.gov/media/press-releases/congresswoman-elaine-luria-s-gold-star-family-tax-relief-act-receives-support
- Consider making a financial contribution to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). The organization was founded by Bonnie Carroll, the surviving spouse of General Tom Carroll. TAPS is a national network of peer support for military survivors, a referral point for grief counseling options around the country, a crisis intervention team whose members have critical incident stress experience, and casework assistance to help families find answers to complicated questions long after their official file has been closed. To donate to TAPS, or to volunteer or host a fundraiser, visit www.taps.org/support. I donated today.
- Consider making a financial contribution to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. To contribute, visit www.fallenpatriots.org. I donated today.
- Consider making a financial contribution to The Comfort Crew for Military Kids, which has a program to help military children handle loss. The “Helping Military Children Handle Loss Program” gives children ages six and up the tools and strategies to effectively deal with the loss of a military parent. The program includes a Memory Box full of resiliency building strategies, follow-up support every 45 days, access to online program materials, and more. To donate, visit www.comfortcrew.org/fallenheroes.html. I donated today.
Thank you to those who have given their lives for our country.