I am deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman Bill Young this evening. On behalf of the three million men and women of the Department of Defense, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to Beverly and the Young family. I have known and respected Bill Young for more than four decades. He dedicated his life to serving our country -- beginning with nearly a decade in the Army National Guard and culminating in more than 40 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He will be remembered as a passionate advocate for the welfare of America's service members and military veterans. Though his loss will be felt by many, his legacy and commitment to a strong national defense will always inspire us.