U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Tuesday introduced legislation to guarantee that survivors of American service members killed at sea receive fair treatment under the law.
“Our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to defend our great nation should have the comfort of knowing that their loved ones will be taken care of should a fatal tragedy occur,” McSally said. “My bill provides long overdue recourse to our troops at sea by empowering their family members to recover damages for the pain and suffering experienced after a loved one is killed in to a non-combat incident. My bill ensures that the families of our naval service members are no longer treated differently than the families of those killed in commercial aviation accidents or on land.”
Family members of Navy sailors lost on the USS John McCain: “Almost three years ago, we lost our loved ones serving aboard the USS John S. McCain when it collided with a foreign-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Singapore. We were subsequently blindsided by a lawsuit filed against us by the foreign company that owned the ship, and had to learn the hard way about the outdated laws that such shipowners use to avoid responsibility for their actions. We commend Senator McSally for introducing this narrow, common-sense legislation that gives families of Navy Sailors killed at sea, such as ours, fair treatment under the law.”
Read the bill text HERE.