Armstrong joins effort to honor 13 fallen servicemembers

Congressman Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., cosponsored legislation on Friday to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan last week.

The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.

“We must never forget the service of the thirteen Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms and liberties,” said Armstrong. “I am honored to support this legislation awarding each of these heroes the Congressional Gold Medal.”

The bill will award this medal to Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Sgt. Nicole Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan Page, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 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

The bill was introduced by Congresswoman Lisa McClain, R-Mich., and is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 226 lawmakers.


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