Congressman Van Drew Introduces Package of Green Star Bills

Published on: May 16, 2023

Congressman Van Drew is in the process of introducting two pieces of legislation aimed to bring awareness of veteran suicide - the Andrew Thomas McCaffrey Green Star Veterans Service Act, the Green Star Families Act.

"Andrew Thomas McCaffrey was a brave and fearless man who served his country in Afghanistan. Far too often, our veterans do not receive the care they need when they return from service, and tragically lose their lives to suicide," said Congressman Van Drew. "The Andrew Thomas McCaffrey Green Stars Veterans Service Act is a tribute to veterans like Andrew McCaffrey and provides a symbol of recognition and support for family members affected by veteran suicide. Each year, we lose thousands of veterans to suicide—we must allocate necessary funding and resources to fight for our veterans when they leave service, just as they have fought for all of us."

Our Founder, Matt Cahill was quoted in the press release, "recognizing the existence of a problem is the first step towards finding a solution. By acknowledging the importance of the Green Star Service Flag, we take the first official step towards addressing the issue of veteran suicide."

Read the full press release from Rep Van Drew here

Additional Information

Andrew Thomas McCaffrey Green Star Veterans Service Act

In memory of Andrew Thomas McCaffrey, who served in Afghanistan, to bring awareness and support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Directs the Secretary of Veterans affairs to designate a Green Star Flag for next of kin of veterans who die by suicide.

Read the text of the bill here.

Green Star Families Act

Establishes a counseling program through Veterans Affairs Department for families and caregivers of veterans deceased as the result of suicide, at no cost to them.

Read the text of the bill here.