House Bill to Honor Service Members Killed in Training Accidents Moves Forward

My Colleague in the House, Rep. Keith Sommer has brought legislation to recognize personnel killed on active duty training. State law would be changed to allow the flying of flags at half-staff for Illinois military personnel killed while training on active duty under the new legislation. The bill passed the House Veterans Affairs committee on Thursday of last week by a unanimous vote following testimony from Dale Nannen of Hopedale whose son was killed in a Marine Corps training accident last year.

The legislation was inspired by the funeral of Marine Corps Major Reid B. Nannen of Hopedale, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan who was killed March 1, 2014, when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed at the Fallon Grange Training Complex in Nevada. At the time of his funeral, state law only allowed the Governor to direct flags to be flown at half-staff for members of the armed forces killed by hostile fire, not in training.

Read more on this story at The Caucus Blog.

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