Here is a short news clip that was run on channel 13 in Illinois. The video features State Captain Bob Ochsner and is announcing the resolution reading in Springfield, Il.
Gold Star Dad Michael Thorpe has been appointed captain in the state of Oregon – Michael is the father of Marine LCpl Tyler John Troyer KIA in Iraq 19 November 2005. Oregon Gold Star Dads can contact Michael through the website forum or members area.
I am proud to announce the appointment of two new Gold Star Dads State Captains. These gentlemen are heavily involved in the gold star communities in their states and will make fine State Captains. Please welcome. . .
William (Bill) Uzenski as the new Captain of Montana – Bill and his wife Rebekah are the Proud parents of Cpl Nicholas Uzenski USMC KIA 1-11-2010
Nick was the oldest of 7 kids and they currently have 5 kids at home the youngest is almost 4 the oldest is 18. Contact Bill
Ray Newhouse II as the Captain of Arizona – Ray and his wife Debbie are the Proud Parents of LCpl Nickolas E. Wilson USA. Nick died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, 11 March 2005. Ray lives in Glendale, AZ, Contact Ray
The Gold Star Fathers Act of 2012 will be introduced tomorrow, 22 March by Congressman Tim Bishop, D-NY. This bill will establish much-needed equality in our nation’s treatment of the parents of disabled veterans or deceased veterans.
Under current law, unmarried mothers of certain disabled or deceased veterans, but not fathers, are granted “preference eligible” status when applying for civil service jobs in recognition of the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made in defense of this country. This status ensures that their sacrifice does not go unrecognized as they attempt to move on and support their families.
Expanding preference eligibility for federal jobs to both parents of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans simply closes an unjust loophole in current law as the loss suffered by a veteran’s father is no less traumatic and deserves no less consideration than that of a veteran’s mother.
UPDATE; 3/30/2012 Bill number has been added H.R. 4312