Blum Bill To Honor Fallen Iowan Passes U.S. House
Legislation Now Heads To U.S. Senate For Consideration
Yesterday, Congressman Rod Blum’s legislation, H.R. 4605, to rename the Cedar Rapids Post Office on 6th Avenue the “Sergeant First Class Terryl L. Pasker Post Office Building” in honor of fallen Iowan Terryl L. Pasker, passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
“I introduced this legislation to honor the sacrifice of Sgt. 1st Class Pasker, and for the sake of his family I am glad to see this legislation pass the House in remembrance of Sgt. Pasker and also the sacrifice and service of all those who have served our country in the military. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to put your life on the line to protect our liberty in the Armed Forces and Sgt. Pasker did so without reservation. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their support, and hope to see my Senate colleagues consider this legislation in the near future so we can honor the memory of Sgt. Pasker,” 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.
A native of Iowa’s First District, 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 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.