SHERMAN SALUTES RETURNING RESERVISTS
Congressman Welcomes Warrior-Citizens Home
UNIVERSAL CITY - Congressman Brad Sherman on Saturday thanked and honored soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve returning home to Los Angeles after serving in Iraq and Kuwait.
Ninety soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve 311th Corps Support Command, based in West Los Angeles, planned and coordinated supply shipments to combat troops in Iraq.
Their service to the country was recognized during a ceremony attended by the congressman and military commanders. The congressman presented the unit a flag flown over the United States Capitol.
"We are all grateful for your service, and proud to welcome you home," Sherman said. He called the soldiers "a credit to California" and said they had "placed themselves in danger to keep America safe."
Each soldier was presented a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen' award in recognition of their service. They also received an encased American flag, a commemorative coin, a lapel pin and a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen' flag.
The Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen' award was approved by Congress and President Bush. Soldiers who receive the award have served for at least 180 days in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.
Unlike other military awards, the Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen' awards honor not only the soldiers but also their families and employers.
"These awards pay tribute not only to the bravery of our soldiers, but also to the selflessness of their families and the places where they work." Sherman said. "They have lived apart for a time so we all can live together in freedom and safety."