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Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line

Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Support Letters

April 5, 2022


 

Honorable Krysten Sinema

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510  


Honorable Robert Portman

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Senator Sinema and Senator Portman,


 

I am writing to you today with our strong support and appreciation for your introduction of S. 3487, the "Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Act.” This important legislation would update and address the inequities that exist in current law between the loss of a civilian federal employee and one in uniformed service who, in many cases over the last two decades have been serving alongside one another in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 

As an association representing more than 31,000 federal law enforcement officers across all 65 federal law enforcement agencies, it is becoming increasing clear that employees of the United States government are targeted by virtue of their service to the nation. Whether they are in uniform or civilian personnel, many recent crises have occurred around the world that force these brave public servants into dangerous and often deadly situations.

 

 

For federal law enforcement officers, the rise in attacks against them has increased dramatically, both domestically and internationally. Whether in Benghazi, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Havana, or right here at home during the 9/11 or Oklahoma City attacks, federal employees working on behalf of their nation are constantly targeted by criminals, terrorists, and state actors with malicious intent.

 

 

Despite these threats, the current government discretionary death benefits for civilian federal law enforcement officers and other employees, set when President Johnson was in office, still stands at $10,000 for a one-time benefit and $800 for funeral expenses. While the military has kept pace with costs associated with a loss, federal law enforcement officers and other civilian federal employees have been left behind.


 

FLEOA proudly supports the "Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Act” to bestow long overdue honor and support for the families of those making the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their nation. We thank you and Senator Padilla, Senator Peters, Senator Haggerty and Senator Hawley for the leadership with this issue and look forward to the bills swift passage.

 

Sincerely,

Larry Cosme

National President

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

 

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April 5, 2022

 

Chairman Gerry Connolly

House Subcommittee on Government Operations

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515


 

Dear Chairman Connolly,


I am writing to you today with our strong support and appreciation for your introduction of H.R. 7376, the "Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Act.” This important legislation would update and address the inequities that exist in current law between the loss of a civilian federal employee and one in uniformed service who, in many cases over the last two decades have been serving alongside one another in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 

As an association representing more than 31,000 federal law enforcement officers across all 65 federal law enforcement agencies, it is becoming increasing clear that employees of the United States government are targeted by virtue of their service to the nation. Whether they are in uniform or civilian personnel, many recent crises have occurred around the world that force these brave public servants into dangerous and often deadly situations.

 

 

For federal law enforcement officers, the rise in attacks against them has increased dramatically, both domestically and internationally. Whether in Benghazi, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Havana, or right here at home during the 9/11 or Oklahoma City attacks, federal employees working on behalf of their nation are constantly targeted by criminals, terrorists, and state actors with malicious intent.

 

 

Despite these threats, the current government discretionary death benefits for civilian federal law enforcement officers and other employees, set when President Johnson was in office, still stands at $10,000 for a one-time benefit and $800 for

funeral expenses. While the military has kept pace with costs associated with a loss, federal law enforcement officers and other civilian federal employees have been left behind.


 

FLEOA proudly supports the "Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Act” to bestow long overdue honor and support for the families of those making the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their nation. We thank you for your leadership with this important issue and look forward to this bill’s passage.

 

 

Sincerely,

Larry Cosme

National President

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association