Sinema Supports Resolution Honoring Families of Fallen Servicemembers

Sep 23, 2019

Bipartisan Senate resolution designates September 22-29 as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week”

WASHINGTON – Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored a bipartisan resolution designating the week of September 22-29 as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week” to honor the families of fallen servicemembers.

“Gold Star Families made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is our duty to honor them and recognize the service of their loved ones,” said Sinema.

Gold Star Families Remembrance Week leads up to Gold Star Mother’s Day, observed on the last Sunday of September.

Sinema has long been a champion for military families, recently cosponsoring the Gold Star Families Tax Relief Act, which was passed by the Senate in May. Additionally, Sinema recently supported the bipartisan Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act, which boosts hiring for military spouses and improves military families’ access to affordable childcare.

Sinema also recently secured her bipartisan Sgt. Daniel Somers Network of Support Act in the Senate-passed version of the defense bill, and the U.S. House included the legislation in its version of the bill earlier this month. The legislation was inspired by Sgt. Daniel Somers, an Arizona Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq and was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and PTSD upon returning home. He lost his life to suicide in 2013. The bill requires that the Department of Defense work with the Red Cross to collect from new servicemembers the names of loved ones they consider to be their network of support. In return, the Department of Defense and Red Cross will provide the network of support information about the benefits and services available to military members.