Rep. Brad Wenstrup
Rep. Brad Wenstrup
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and Josh Harder (CA-10) have introduced the bipartisan Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act, legislation that will allow the families of fallen and critically injured service members to end their phone, cable or internet contract without being financially penalized.

“The families of our nation’s service members deserve support when tragedy strikes. This bill would ensure spouses of service members who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty are not trapped in contracts,” Wenstrup said.

“If your family member is killed or wounded while serving overseas, the last thing you need to worry about is fighting your internet company,” Harder said.

“Military families already make a huge sacrifice, and losing a loved one is one more reminder that our heroes in uniform don’t serve alone. Folks who lose a loved one in the line of duty may have to move or experience changes in income that mean they need to end their phone or internet contract – they shouldn’t be on the hook for extra fees after such a devastating loss. This is obvious, common sense stuff.”

Last year, the House of Representatives passed legislation similar to the Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act, but the Senate did not include it in a larger bill.