AMVETS MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN BISHOP TO
HELP PROMOTE GOLDSTAR DADS LEGISLATION
By Patrick Mitchell
NYS Sons 1st Vice Commander
Pictured (Left-Right); Patrick Mitchell, 1st Vice Commander NYS Sons of AMVETS; Brian Crosby, Commander NYS Sons of AMVETS; Bill Clemens, Past Commander NYS Sons of AMVETS; John Mitchell Jr., AMVETS National Commander; Congressman Tim Bishop; Harold Chapman, AMVETS National Finance Chairman; Steve Kazmierski, Commander NYS AMVETS; and Ed Teller Past Commander DAV 190.
On October 8, National, State, and Local AMVETS Members assembled at Congressman Tim Bishop’s office to help promote Gold Star Dads Legislation. The Gold Star Fathers Act (H.R. 1832) sponsored by Congressman Bishop and co-sponsored by Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina is attempting to recognize Gold Star Dads as a nonprofit organization consisting of the fathers of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States.
The Gold Star Fathers Act of 2013 will allow for fathers of certain disabled or deceased veterans to be granted “preference eligible” status when applying for civil service jobs in recognition of the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made for the country. This legislation provides tangible benefits for fathers and will help recognize the loss shared by parents.
Congressman Bishop also spoke about the REVAMP Act (H.R. 2142), which is legislation that will attempt to make Veteran Services Organizations eligible for up to $200,000 in grants to renovate their meeting halls. Congressman Bishop also spoke about the Helping Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals Act (H.R. 2510). This “burn pits” bill will create three centers of excellence for the treatment, diagnosis, and study of the effects of open air burn pit exposure.
AMVETS would like to thank Congressman Bishop for taking the time to help us advance legislation that will help our veterans. We hope to continue meeting to further inform those in the veteran community what efforts are being made to increase benefits for them.