Blum Authored Legislation Honoring Fallen Iowan Passes OGR Committee

Bill Authored by Rep. Blum Now Heads To House Floor

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Washington, DC, March 1, 2016 | comments

Today, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform unanimously passed legislation authored by Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) which would rename a United States Post Office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after fallen Iowan Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. Pasker.

Sgt. Pasker was born in Anamosa, Iowa and served in 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. 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.

“I thank my colleagues on the Oversight & Government Reform Committee for their strong support of this bill today,” said Congressman Blum. “I introduced this legislation because of the respect and admiration 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.”

“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.

This legislation now awaits further consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.

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