WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, joined U.S. Rep. Lisa McCain, R-Michigan, and more than 200 members of Congress in introducing legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 service members killed in the Kabul terrorist attack.
“The men and women who gave their lives protecting their fellow Americans in Afghanistan made the ultimate sacrifice and represent the best America has to offer,” Carter said in a release. “My heart is heavy for the thirteen new Gold Star families and I hope they know that the actions of their loved ones will never be forgotten. That is why I am honored to cosponsor this important piece of legislation and make it known that their sacrifices were not in vain, and that their dedication to this country will be forever honored.”
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest expression of national appreciation bestowed by Congress, and is awarded to individuals or institutions that demonstrate distinct achievements or contributions to the nation.
The legislation would award the Congressional Gold Medal to U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. 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, U.S. Navy Corpsman Maxton Soviak and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.