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Congressman Don Young Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medals to Fallen Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) joined Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) and a bipartisan group of colleagues in the introduction of legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week.

The legislation will award the Congressional Gold Medal to Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Sgt. Nicole Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan Page, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David Lee Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Hospitalman Maxton Soviak and Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

“Last week, our nation tragically lost 13 brave patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others,” said Congressman Don Young. “We must ensure that future generations of Americans never forget the names of these heroes and the courage they showed during the evacuation of Kabul. This week, 13 new Gold Star Families are grieving. They have been devastated by immense loss, and I want them to know that the country stands with them as they mourn their loved ones who were taken too soon. We owe them a debt that can never truly be repaid. Today, with deep gratitude and respect, I am humbled to help introduce legislation to posthumously award these fallen men and women the Congressional Gold Medal. A medal is the very least we can do to honor the fallen. It is my great hope that in the years ahead, we continue to remember their bravery; they truly were some of the best America has to offer. Please join me in continuing to pray for their families.”

“These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan,” said Congresswoman Lisa McClain. “My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our servicemembers. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”

For the bill’s text, click here.


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