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Last week, the Congress passed Rep Richard Hanna's (NY-24) Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011 (H.R. 2061).
This Act will allow federal civilian employees who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation to be authorized an American flag to be presented to their families if killed on the job as a result of a criminal act, terrorism, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary event as determined by the President.
FLEOA joined other senior federal government associations with supporting this Act as a rightful final fitting tribute to all that serve the American people.
FLEOA would like to congratulate and thank Representative Hanna and the 21 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House that supported this bill.
FLEOA would also like to thank Senator Daniel K. Akaka (HI) who introduced a companion bill (S. 1444), which Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT), Senator Jim Webb (VA), and Senator Diane Feinstein (CA) all co-sponsored.
According to the Office of Personnel Management, approximately 100,000 federal civilian employees, many of which are federal law enforcement officers have served and continue to serve alongside the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since 1992, nearly 3,000 federal civilian employees have died in the service of their nation, many of whom are federal law enforcement officers including those State Department, DEA, CIA and Military Criminal Investigators that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
FLEOA National President Jon Adler said, "Service to our nation is not distinguished simply by the clothing worn, but under the banner of the American flag and all those that work to raise it should always be honored."