#U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) recently took part in a welcome home celebration for two soldiers and one Marine at Oak Lawn's St. Linus Catholic Church. At the event in the church gym organized by the St. Linus Men's Club, Lipinski presented Army Capt. Dan Griffin, Army Lt. Col. Jim Kokaska and Marine Lance Cpl. Scott Smolik with a copy of the statement he made in the U.S. House of Representatives honoring each of them for their service to our nation.
"For the families of Capt. Griffin, Lt. Col. Kokaska, and Lance Cpl. Smolik, there is no better Christmas present than to have them home safe and sound for the holidays," Lipinski said. "They have served their country admirably and are well deserving of our respect and recognition. I was honored to join St. Linus and the entire Oak Lawn community in welcoming them home."
Capt. Griffin is an attorney who spent one tour in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division. Lt. Kokaska, an Army veteran of 20 years, served one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan with the 416th Engineer Command. Lance Cpl. Smolik is a recent St. Rita High School graduate who served with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines infantry battalion.