Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement in recognition of the 13 servicemembers who were killed in action in Afghanistan one year ago:
“I ask my fellow Americans to join me in taking a moment to recognize and remember the 13 brave warriors who lost their lives a year ago today in Afghanistan. Each one of them was a selfless hero who volunteered to serve their country and took on immense risks to carry out a near-impossible mission handed to them by this administration. We pray for their families who continue to cope with their unimaginable loss and we stand with the men and women in uniform who lost some of their own on that tragic day.
“Beyond just words, we have a responsibility to ensure there is accountability for the terrible decisions that led to their deaths. I remain committed to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure we achieve full transparency in the fatal flaws that were carried out by the President and his national security team.
“All Americans, but especially these 13 Gold Star families, deserve answers on why the Afghanistan withdrawal spiraled into a disaster.”
We will never forget our fallen heroes:
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.