Congressman Roscoe Bartlett announced that Sergeant Joseph Beeman, U.S. Army Reserves, will be his guest at the 2012 State of the Union Address. Congressman Bartlett said, "I am grateful to my wife, Ellen who gave up her ticket so that Sergeant Joseph Beeman from Cascade, Maryland can attend the 2012 State of the Union Address tonight s my guest. Sergeant Beeman is a wounded warrior and an employee with the U.S. Postal Service. I am humbled by the sacrifice of thousands of residents of the Sixth District who volunteered and have served in our Armed Forces since the 9/11 attacks. Twenty-two young men from the Sixth District made the ultimate sacrifice since the United States Armed Forces helped the Afghan people to topple the ruthless Taliban regime that harbored al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Many more were wounded. I wish that I could have invited them all to attend the State of the Union. I am honored that Sergeant Beeman accepted my invitation."
Sergeant Beeman was wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Beeman is a resident of Cascade, Maryland. Sergeant Beeman enlisted in the Army Reserves. He was deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2004 where he sustained injuries to his back and knees during a mortar attack. Sergeant Beeman has remained in the Army reserves as a wounded warrior and service connected veteran. He works for the US Postal Service when not activated by the US Army.