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Senseless Violence at the Washington Navy Yard

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. COLLINS of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my deepest condolences to those whose lives changed forever as a result of the senseless violence at the Washington Navy Yard.

As a military chaplain who served in a combat zone, I have counseled many soldiers and families in times of loss.

While we are aware of the danger of casualties during overseas deployments, we certainly do not expect to lose members of our military on our own soil.
I want the friends and family of the active duty and civilian Navy employees who lost their lives in service to their country on Monday to know their sacrifice will be remembered.

I also want these individuals to know that I join with all Americans in my commitment to see justice done.

Along with all members of our Armed Forces, I offer my unwavering support to the Navy family in this time of grief.

We mourn all the victims of this tragedy, including the law enforcement officers who lost their lives, and send our best wishes to survivors as they recover.

My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with the victims and families of the Navy Yard shooting.

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