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US Navy SEAL SCPO Tyrone Snowden Woods Ceremony Invitee Act of 2019

H.R. 5054

Congressman Schrader introduced the US Navy Seal SCPO Tyrone Snowden Woods Ceremony Invitee Act of 2019.

“Tyrone Woods served his country honorably in the United States Navy as a SEAL and overseas as a contractor for the CIA overseas where he was tragically killed in the Benghazi attacks” said Rep. Schrader. “His family was barred from attending official services in his honor as they were not able to be designated as next-of-kin. This should never have happened and should not happen in the future.”

This bill would ensure that those who are assigned to a U.S government diplomatic mission are given the ability to designate next-of-kin to attend ceremonies in the event of their death during a deployment.

Representative Schrader has introduced this bill in every congress since 2013 after meeting with Mr. Woods’ mother after she was denied access to a CIA memorial service after he died in the Benghazi attacks. He introduced this legislation to ensure that the loved ones of those who are killed in diplomatic missions overseas can attend memorial ceremonies of their family members.