Now Law: Moriarty Bill Honoring Parents of Fallen Heroes
Legislation sponsored by Paul Moriarty to honor the parents and guardians of fallen members of the armed forces has been signed into law.
The law (A-458), known as the County Identification Cards for Gold Star Parents Act, permits county clerks or registers of deeds and mortgages to create a Gold Star Parent identification card. The card would serve to identify the holder as the parent or guardian of a member of the armed forces who died while on active duty and prove eligibility to receive any applicable discounts or other courtesies extended to military families.
Every application for a Gold Star Parent identification card will be signed and certified by the applicant and supported by such documentary evidence as the county clerk or register of deeds and mortgages, as appropriate, may require.
Every parent’s greatest fear is seeing his or her child in harm’s way. For those whose children serve in the armed forces, this is routine,” said Moriarty. Enabling parents of fallen patriots to receive a designation that distinguishes them and serves as a tribute to their children’s service is a small token of gratitude for a debt that can never be repaid.
Under the law, proof of status may include any or all of the following: a certification from an organization formed for the support of parents of members of the armed forces who lost their lives while on active duty for the United States, that the applicant is the parent, legal guardian or other legal custodian, whether of the whole or half blood or by adoption, of a member of the armed forces who died while on active duty for the United States; the service member’s federal DD Form 1300, Report of Casualty, which identifies the member of the armed forces who died while on active duty for the United States; and documentation indicating the applicant’s relationship to the service member.