Heroes in Afghanistan set to be honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Heroes in Afghanistan set to be honored with Congressional Gold Medal
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Congress will likely honor the 13 service members killed in Afghanistan during August's withdrawal with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Rep. Lisa McClain, a Michigan Republican, has led more than 300 co-sponsors in backing a bill that would award the soldiers. Eleven Marines, one Army soldier, and one member of the Navy died Aug. 26 during the United States's withdrawal from Afghanistan. The bill is likely to pass before the end of October.

The deadly attack took place at Kabul's airport, which was a center of chaos during the withdrawal operation. At least 18 other service members were wounded.

“These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan,” McClain said on Aug. 31 while introducing the legislation. “My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our service members. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Sen. Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, presented the Senate with similar legislation, according to a report.

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The Biden administration received criticism over the pullout from the war-torn country after the Taliban took over. He defended his action, calling the plan an "extraordinary success."

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