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HUGE WIN: Texas Republican Introduces Legislation to Increase Pension of Medal of Honor Recipients

Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls recently introduced The Medal of Honor Act. This legislation will give Medal of Honor recipients a huge raise.

“The Medal of Honor is the highest military award that our nation can offer. The men and woman who have been awarded one have shown the very best of what America represents, courage, bravery and valor,” Nehls told the Daily Caller.

“If you can believe it, Medal of Honor Recipients only receive a pension of roughly $18,000 per year. Sadly, I have heard stories of Medal of Honor Recipients struggling financially, especially as they enter old age. We need to do better and I’m proud to introduce this legislation to ensure our country’s bravest are financially secure,” Nehls added.

The Medal of Honor Act reported by the Daily Caller would increase the special pension for recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor to $8,333.33 a month from the current $1,489.73 per month they get in recognition of their service.

“Support and passage of this bill will honor the brave men and women that signed the blank check of their initial enlistment. Increasing the Medal of Honor Pension will help ensure that Medal of Honor Recipients can always make ends meet, even during hard times,” Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha said

On this same day, New York Congressman Joe Morelle announced his new legislation, named the Gary Beikirch Medal of Honor Act, aimed at strengthening the benefits that the families of Medal of Honor recipients would receive.

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“Medal of Honor recipients are among the most selfless, courageous, and heroic men and women who serve our armed forces,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “We have a duty to honor their profound service and sacrifice by ensuring their families receive the full benefits they deserve.”

As Rochester First reports, this change would double the compensation offered to the loved ones of recipients.

“My dad lived his life for others and that never changed even to the end,” said Stepanie Beikirch, the daughter of Sergeant Beikirch. “The most important thing to him even through his illness was planning to make sure my mother was cared and provided for. This piece of legislation makes that now possible for her and more importantly for all generations to come.”

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