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AMAC Supports the Congressional Gold Medal Bill

MedalThis legislation would posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 American servicemembers who lost their lives while protecting men, women, and children during the evacuation of citizens of the United States and Afghan allies at Hamid Karzai International Airport. It is a fitting tribute to their bravery and patriotism.

October 5, 2021

The Honorable Lisa McClain
10th Congressional District of Michigan
218 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman McClain:

On behalf of the 2.3 million members of AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens, including over 7,800 who reside in MI-10, I write to express our support for H.R. 5142, the Congressional Gold Medal Bill.

Nothing defines the personification of American loyalty and patriotism better than service in our armed forces. Tragically, our country experienced a great loss on August 26, 2021, when 13 United States servicemembers were killed in Afghanistan. These heroes were protecting innocent men, women, and children during the evacuation of citizens of the United States and Afghan allies at Hamid Karzai International Airport when a terrorist attack took their lives.

H.R. 5142 rightly honors these brave servicemembers by posthumously awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal, which is Congress’s highest appreciation for distinguished achievements, for their ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.

AMAC applauds you, Congresswoman McClain, and your bipartisan co-sponsors, for recognizing the courage and strength of these American patriots and is pleased to offer our organization’s full support for H.R. 5142, the Congressional Gold Medal Bill.


Bob Carlstrom
President, AMAC Action

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Tom R
1 month ago

The death of these service men is tragic, but awarding them the CGM is not the way to honor them. This dishonors the sacrifice of the other 2442 service members who lost their lives in this theater, and those who lost their lives in numerous other conflicts. Holding those that are responsible at every level for this needless loss of life does honor them. This medal is the very same awarded to the bungling “mall cops” at the capitol on Jan 6.

John Burt
1 month ago

…great idea. I would also like to see those responsible for the treasonous circumstances leading to their demise held severely accountable.

Peter J Keep
1 month ago

I thought it was the Gold Medal – not the “Conressional” anything. See

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

Joe should etch “I’m sorry” on the back of each one.

Bob L.
1 month ago

I have to disagree.
Yes, the 13 service members deserve recognition for their sacrifice, but the Medal of Honor is reserved for those who went far above the normal call of duty, face to face with death in truly heroic acts. The 13 troops in this case were doing a duty and service, not in combat when they were struck down in a sneak attack just like so many other servicemen over the last 20 years there in Afghanistan and who have not possibly been nominated for any other elevated metal like a bronze or silver star. The vast majority of servicemen lost in war only get a purple heart and a service metal.
Google the requirements for the various metals of valor awarded to U.S. service personnel.

Jeffrey Hall
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob L.

Bob L: You have your medals confused, they are asking for the Congressional Gold Medal-NOT the Congressional Medal of Honor. Although the CGM is “the highest civilian honor award”, it is often awarded to members of the military-especially in previous years.

George Atkins
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob L.

This isn’t the Congressional Medal of Honor, it’s the Congressional Gold Medal with different criteria for honorees.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Apply to all vets for future situations warranted OK all forces active.

Sandie Parrish
1 month ago

This is a marvelous idea and I hope it will be quickly passed

Samantha Daly
1 month ago


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