Friday, July 17, 2009

Home Front to Heroes Postal Benefits Act

Stars and Stripes is reporting that a proposed law aimed at boosting the spirits of troops deployed downrange or laid up in hospitals has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but it still has some hurdles in the Senate to clear before it becomes law.

The Home Front to Heroes Postal Benefits Act, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. Castor’s district includes MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., headquarters of U.S. Central Command and Special Operations Command.

The proposed law allows troops deployed downrange or being treated in a hospital because of injuries or illnesses suffered during overseas operations to designate a loved one, friend or charitable organization to receive a monthly voucher.

The voucher allows the holder to mail without charge a package of up to 15 pounds a month to the servicemember.

Ellen Gedalius, a spokeswoman for Castor’s office is quoted in the piece as saying, “That is unusual to have that many co-sponsors, so we are feeling pretty good about this.”

But it is not a done deal so contact your Senator and let them know you'd like to see this passed.

Shown above, video of U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis with Marty Matthews on CBS Tampa Affiliate WTSP-TV to discussing the Home Front to Heroes Postal Benefits Act.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM