Lawmakers Seeking to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Fallen U.S. Service Members

Lawmakers Seeking to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Fallen U.S. Service Members

( – Thirteen US service members died in a suicide bombing outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26. ISIS-K planned and executed the incident, which claimed the lives of 11 Marines, an Army Staff Sergeant, and a Navy corpsman. Now, Congress wants to posthumously recognize the fallen service members.

A total of 158 House members will collaborate on the bipartisan push to grant each of these fallen heroes a Congressional Gold Medal. Lisa McClain (R-MI), who leads the effort, feels we must honor and recognize the steep sacrifices made during attempts to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from the zone.

The proposed bill confirms that all 13 service members went above and beyond their call of duty to protect citizens and allies after the Taliban takeover. It also states that servicemembers epitomized valor and bravery against armed adversaries intent on causing destruction.

President Biden mourned alongside families of the fallen as their caskets, draped in American flags, arrived home at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on August 29. Yet, some relatives criticized the president for seeming distracted and constantly checking his watch. The father of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz also accused Biden of talking at length about his son, Beau, rather than the lost soldiers. He says their exchange “didn’t go well.”

Congress seems to be striving to right the Biden administration’s wrongs. The president’s approval rating is dropping in the wake of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many disagree with the way he handled the departure, which left the zone in crisis.

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