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Kelly Launches Gold Star Family Fellowship Program

Washington, February 2, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) is pleased to announce the launch of the Sergeant First Class Sean Cooley and Specialist Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program. Frayser Hawkins, a U.S. Navy Veteran and native of New Albany, is the first Gold Star family member to be selected for the fellowship.

"It is an honor to give a voice on Capitol Hill to Gold Star families," Rep. Kelly said. "Frayser is an excellent advocate for these men and women. His distinguished military career, coupled with a love for God and Country, will play an essential role as we formulate meaningful legislation on their behalf." 

"I am thankful for this opportunity to advocate for Gold Star families and Mississippi's First Congressional District," Frayser said. "I'm looking forward to serving both Veterans and all Gold Star Families."

Background: Rep. Kelly authored House Resolution 107, The Sergeant First Class Sean Cooley and Specialist Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 107 in October 2019. The legislation established a twelve-month, fully-funded fellowship in a Congressional office for siblings, spouses, or children of service members who have lost their lives in service to America.

Congressman Trent Kelly represents Mississippi's First Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Trent also serves on the House Agriculture Committee. This is his fourth term.

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