House Passes Tipton’s Bipartisan Blue Star Mothers Act
House passes Senate version, expected to be signed into law this week
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) Blue Star Mothers Act. S. 1541 updates the Congressional charter of the Blue Star Mothers organization, a non-partisan, non-political, organization founded during WWII that provides services to active members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans, as well as provides support to military families. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) passed S. 1541 in the Senate.
The Blue Star Mothers Act has received broad bipartisan support with 63 co-sponsors in the House, including Reps. Dianna DeGette (D-CO), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and has been fully endorsed by the Blue Star Mothers of America and the American Legion.
“In November alone the Blue Star Mothers sent thousands of care packages to our troops overseas, providing an important link to home during the Holiday season,” Tipton said. “I want to thank these patriotic women for their commitment to serving the needs of America’s military community, and for making a difference in the lives of those who sacrifice the most.”
S. 1541 expands the current definition of a mother to include grandmothers, foster-mothers, and female legal guardians. It increases membership eligibility to include all mothers of those who serve(d) by removing references to service in specific conflicts, and includes provisions to expand membership to U.S. citizens living outside of the U.S. that are otherwise eligible to join.
“The structure of families has evolved drastically since our charter in 1960 and our original founding in 1942,” said Blue Star Mothers President Robin McCarthy. “We recognize the impact made upon the lives of our service men and women by all those maternal caregivers who have played the role of ‘mother’ for them. It has been our intention to include and support them all in the membership of Blue Star Mothers of America.”
About the Blue Star Mothers:
The Blue Star Mothers of America includes more than 5,000 dedicated women who perform a wide variety of support services for our troops. Originally formed to bring their children home with the benefits they deserved and to provide a vast support network, the organization has since expanded to include rehabilitation, family services, and even civil defense. Over 225 local chapters also develop their own methods of assistance.
Colorado Chapters include: Alamosa, Durango, Cortez, Colorado Springs and Denver. For more information about joining please visit: http://www.bluestarmothers.org/