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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Flags for Feds killed on the job meets opposition

Should the government present civilian federal employees killed in the line of duty with an American flag at their funerals?

The surprisingly controversial debate over that question is the subject of Joe Davidson’s Federal Diary column today.

The Civilian Service Recognition Act would, according to its Conressional Research Service summary, authorize executive agencies to “pay the expenses for” and “furnish a flag for a deceased employee upon the request of the employee’s next of kin.”

The bill stalled in the House after the American Legion and some in the conservative blogoshere voiced opposition to it.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), said the bill would “provide a modest, but significant, benefit in honor of these dedicated individuals who sacrificed on our behalf.”

RedState.com blogger Erick Erickson wrote the bill “takes a notable act of the military and devalues it across the civil service letting a massive amount of civil service employees also qualify to get a folded flag if they have a heart attack on the job, get in a wreck in their postal jeep, etc.”

A veteran who worked for the government as a civilian addresses that issue and others raised by the American Legion in Davidson’s column.

YOUR TAKE: Should civil servants receive a flag if they are killed on the job?

Tell us what you think in the comments section or on Twitter using #FedFlags.

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