Alabama congressmen join legislation to honor service members who died in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden watches as a Navy carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Soviak died in an attack at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, along with 12 other U.S. service members supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel. From left, President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Congressman Jerry Carl, Gary Palmer, and Mo Brooks joined 158 Members of Congress in introducing legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military service members who were killed in Afghanistan. Michigan congresswoman Lisa McClain introduced the legislation. Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the crowds flocking to Kabul’s airport last Thursday, killing at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops.

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, 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

Rep. Carl stated on Twitter, “I’m a proud cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation. The world is a better, safer place because of our servicemembers who have served in Afghanistan. May we never forget their sacrifices to fight terrorism and protect America.”

Palmer commented, “Honored to cosponsor @RepLisaMcClain’s bill to recognize the sacrifices of the brave US service members who gave their lives in #Afghanistan last week. Their courage will be remembered.”

“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 Rep. McClain. “My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our service members. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”