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New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald presented new legislation benefiting families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

During a press conference in Camden on December 8, Greenwald introduced the Gold Star Family package, which includes five bills to support families who lost loved ones in military combat.

The package expands the definition of a Gold Star Family member to include siblings and legal guardians, in addition to spouses, parents, and children. These members will receive a license that provides access to benefits from the state.

The legislation will also add free mental-health programs to the list of available benefits and give tax credits to mental-health professionals who offer their services.

Along with this support, the package gives family members access to a liaison in each county for assistance when accessing the available services. It requires the creation of a state website where families can find a registry of organizations and services.

Fraudulent claims will be met with a $1,000 fine, which will be put towards a scholarship program for Gold Star Family members.

“No one has given more for our nation than the families of the fallen – Gold Star families. And that is what this package of bills is about today, the Gold Star family,” Greenwald said during the press conference.

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