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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Flag Honor Once Kept For Military Deaths To Be Extended To Government Workers

Federal civilian workers who are killed in the line of duty would be eligible flag recognition benefits traditionally reserved for military deaths, under draft regulations unveiled Friday.

The proposed rule, to be published Monday, was written in accordance with the Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011 as means to recognize those who perish while carrying out federal duties.

“For those civilian employees who die in the course of serving their country, the Act authorizes agency heads to give United States flags to beneficiaries as a way to formally express sympathy and gratitude on behalf of the Nation,” an excerpt of the draft rule reads.

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