WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate recently passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and her colleagues that will create a Congressional fellowship program for Gold Star family members. The program will connect those who have lost family members in the line of duty or of service-connected injuries with U.S. Senate offices for a 12-month fellowship.
“Gold Star family members are intimately aware of the sacrifice that service members make in order to protect our freedoms,” said Senator Hassan. “It is important to have their perspectives in the Senate as we work on ways to strengthen support for service members and their families. I’m glad to have helped introduce this bipartisan resolution, and I will continue working to help service members and their families.”
The fellowship program will be set up by the Senate Sergeant at Arms and funded through legislative branch appropriations, and the 12-month fellowship will be conducted in a Washington, D.C. or state office, at no cost to either the family member or the accepting Member of Congress.
Senator Hassan is working to honor veterans and their families and make our country ever-worthy of their service. Earlier this year, Senator Hassan successfully led a bipartisan push to return the POW/MIA flag atop the White House, after it was removed during the previous administration. Senator Hassan is also leading bipartisan efforts to create a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall.