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senate Bill S. 136

Should the Fathers of Deceased Veterans Receive the Same Benefits as Mothers?

Argument in favor

Current law is sexist. Having your child killed or seriously disabled in combat is painful, regardless of your gender. All parents whose children die in service to our country deserve our honor.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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09/23/2015
Both parents should receive the same benefits.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/15/2015
Of course, even men should have benefits, though some liberals would argue otherwise.
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Argument opposed

Changing the law is sexist. Women already face huge obstacles in finding employment and earning the same wage as men. To deny them a benefit for the child that they raised is disgusting.

InformedCitizen's Opinion
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03/24/2016
Fathers should be able to work and put a roof over their own head. They should not receive benefits for their deceased sons.
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Alis's Opinion
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11/13/2015
I am no insensitive to the suffering of BOTH parents who lose a child in combat or have to care for a seriously disabled child wounded in war. Nevertheless, women face enormous obstacles already and are usually the primary caregivers. I fear (and am quite certain given our history) that changing this will devolve into women being pushed aside when they need assistance the most. Sorry, gentlemen, you get the advantage in every field you enter, this should not be one of them. Suck it up & cope!
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bill Progress


  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed May 11th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015

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