Last year, Markey introduced legislation – The Glen Anthony Doherty Overseas Security Personnel Fairness Act – to ensure full death benefits for Doherty family
Washington (April 20, 2016) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today praised the approval of a new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) benefit for the family of Glen A. Doherty, a CIA contractor and former Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The Doherty family will receive a lump sum payment of $400,000. Last year, Senator Markey introduced legislation, The Glen Anthony Doherty Overseas Security Personnel Fairness Act(S.2374), which would ensure that full death benefits are extended to the families or designated beneficiaries of federal contractors who have died in service to our country as a result of a war-risk hazard or an act of terrorism. The bill aimed to remove a significant omission in federal law that prohibits the families of overseas contractors who are killed in the line of duty from receiving full death benefits if the deceased employee is unmarried with no children or other dependents. Doherty was unmarried without children at the time of his death.
“We will never forget the sacrifice Glen Doherty made defending our nation, and this benefit for the Doherty family honors that courage and service,” said Senator Markey. “It is only right that the Doherty family and all the families who’ve lost loved ones oversees are fully compensated and honored for their heroism. We are so grateful for the grace, strength and perseverance of the Doherty family for the past three and a half years as they sought this justice for their fallen son. I thank the CIA for honoring Glen Doherty, who served our nation so bravely, with the benefits that his family deserves.”
Last December, Senators Markey, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation (S.1587) to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to J. Christopher Stevens,. Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith in recognition of their contributions to the nation. Stevens, Doherty, Woods and Smith were all killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.