Legislators push to get better help for Gold Star families who lost loved ones in the military

New Jersey lawmakers are pushing to get better help and benefits for New Jersey's Gold Star families who have lost loved ones serving in the military.



The legislation is being sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald of Camden County, who has introduced a package of five bills.



"It's about the families of fallen who've dedicated their life in battle, defending our country," Greenwald says.



The first measure expands the definition of Gold Star families to include more members, including siblings. The legislation also establishes a scholarship program for the families, puts an identifying marker on their licenses, creates an informational website and offers free mental health counseling.



Melinda Kane lost her son Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane in Afghanistan seven years ago. She says she is supportive of this type of legislation.



"We're honoring my son and honoring all those killed by honoring their families," she says.



The legislation will be introduced Monday. Greenwald says that he has support from lawmakers in both parties. He hopes to have it on Gov. Chris Christie's desk early next year.


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