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Upton Votes to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Fallen Servicemembers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, voted for bipartisan legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. service men and women who were killed by terrorists at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul last August. It passed the House by a voice vote and now awaits consideration in the U.S. Senate.

“The 13 brave men and women who gave their lives to help evacuate and protect Americans and our Afghan allies are real heroes. Period,” said Rep. Upton. “The Congressional Gold Medal is a small token of our gratitude for their service and sacrifice in the face of unthinkable danger. God bless them and their families.”

In August, Upton raised serious concerns about the hasty and disorganized withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, particularly amid the Taliban’s rapid – and successful – operation to overthrow the rightful Afghan government. At the time, he noted that “the still vivid memory of Saigon should have driven an orderly transition rather than the horror that we now see, the devastating nightmare that Afghans will face under Sharia law, and the potential for world terrorism that again threatens us.”

Upton has consistently urged the Biden Administration to safely and expeditiously evacuate every American and the thousands of Afghan interpreters who aided our troops over the last 20 years.


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