Rep. Blum Introduces Legislation To Honor Fallen Iowan
Bill Would Rename Post Office In Honor Of Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker
Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement regarding his legislation, co-sponsored by the entire Iowa Delegation to designate a post office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office:
“I introduced this legislation because of the tremendous amount of respect I have for the sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Pasker, and all of the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to put your life on the line to protect our freedom and liberty and Sgt. 1st Class Pasker did so without reservation,” said Congressman Blum.
“Our family is grateful to Congressman Blum for his work in honoring the memory of our son, Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker. Naming this Post Office after Terryl ensures that his sacrifice will not be forgotten, and we thank Congressman Blum and the entire Iowa delegation for their support on this project,” said Terryl’s father David Pasker.
Mr. Pasker first enlisted in the Army in 1990, and in 1995, he joined the Iowa National Guard. He first deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005, and again chose to return in 2011 with the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. He and several other Iowa Guardsmen from his unit were responsible for mentoring Afghan police and military leadership. On July 9th, 2011, Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker gave his last full measure of devotion to his country when, at a checkpoint in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, he was killed at the age of 39, only days before the end of his combat tour. He is survived by his wife, Erica; parents, Mary and David; brother, Andrew, and two sisters, Christine and Rebecca.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.