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Yale (MI) Native Gets Chance To Attend State of Union Address (Joshua Sparling)
The Huron Daily Tribune ^ | 02/01/2006

Posted on 02/01/2006 1:11:02 PM PST by tgslTakoma

WASHINGTON — Pfc. Joshua Sparling of Yale and his parents attended the State of the Union address as the special guest of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, J. Dennis Hastert, and of his hometown representative, Candice Miller.

Sparling, 24, graduated from Yale High School and joined the Army in early 2005. He was on special assignment in Ramadi, Iraq when his leg was terribly wounded by an improvised explosive device on Nov. 18. He is now recuperating from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

“I am proud and honored that Josh and his parents are the guests of myself and the Speaker of the House for the President’s speech,” Miller said. “Because of his honorable service to this country and selfless commitment to protecting our nation and spreading freedom, there is no one more deserving of the privilege of seeing the President give the State of the Union address in person.

“When I first spoke with Josh he told me how proud he was to provide security for the Iraqi election in October where he saw democracy take root. I thought it was only fitting that he come to see, in person, his Commander-In-Chief give an update on the war and watch our own democracy in action.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Michigan; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: joshuasparling; sotu

1 posted on 02/01/2006 1:11:05 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Excellent! Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 02/01/2006 1:11:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: tgslTakoma

Great!!


3 posted on 02/01/2006 1:13:24 PM PST by Bigg Red (Do not trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: tgslTakoma

Fantastic!


4 posted on 02/01/2006 1:13:43 PM PST by AZamericonnie (~www.ProudPatriots.org~Operation Valentine's Day~Serving those who serve us!~)
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To: tgslTakoma; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

Guess someone thought the DC Chapter wouldn't be interested in this news report.


5 posted on 02/01/2006 1:31:26 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrats would rather whine than win)
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To: tgslTakoma

I wonder if it's possible to get this young man's email addy so we can thank him for his service.


many thanks for posting this.


6 posted on 02/01/2006 1:35:09 PM PST by YaYa123
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Excellent, thanks for the ping.


7 posted on 02/01/2006 1:36:57 PM PST by gate2wire
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Sorry about that. I'm juggling a few projects right now, one of which is video of last week's Code Pink / Allison Yorra ___(fill in blank) meltdown. That should be up and viewable soon.

Thanks for pinging the list, JVb!

8 posted on 02/01/2006 1:38:17 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Excellent article thank you for posting.


9 posted on 02/01/2006 1:40:43 PM PST by angelsonmyside
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To: tgslTakoma; Jimmy Valentine's brother

great news.


10 posted on 02/01/2006 1:45:37 PM PST by Landry Fan (Democrat Senators need to grow up and stop being creeps!)
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To: daybreakcoming; StarCMC

ping


11 posted on 02/01/2006 1:58:38 PM PST by Landry Fan (Democrat Senators need to grow up and stop being creeps!)
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To: tgslTakoma; Mr. Silverback; Coop

EXCELLENT ping!


12 posted on 02/01/2006 2:07:23 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Landry Fan

Thanks for the ping Landry Fan!! Too cool!!!


13 posted on 02/01/2006 2:08:21 PM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Thanks for the ping.


14 posted on 02/01/2006 2:15:12 PM PST by GOPJ (Massachusetts: where fat drunks are elected, and reelected, and reelected and reelected and ree)
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To: tgslTakoma

You know how great I feel about this, don't cha!


15 posted on 02/01/2006 2:21:33 PM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: basil

I can guess!


16 posted on 02/01/2006 2:34:01 PM PST by Landry Fan (Democrat Senators need to grow up and stop being creeps!)
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To: tgslTakoma

Isn't this the same guy who got that awful card from that idiot who ran "forsake the troops" ????


17 posted on 02/01/2006 3:45:42 PM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: Salgak

Yeppers.


18 posted on 02/01/2006 3:49:52 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: YaYa123

We see his dad at Walter Reed on Fridays.


19 posted on 02/01/2006 5:24:38 PM PST by bmwcyle (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?;))
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Thanks for the ping! I looked for him but didn't see him, but I did see the woman trooper who obtained custody of her service dog.


20 posted on 02/01/2006 6:06:27 PM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: Albion Wilde

I wish they would have focused on more of the special guests and printed their names. I also saw the woman trooper and her dog and wondered how many watching knew the complete story of this duo.

God Bless Our Troops, God Bless President Bush and God Bless America!

FReep On!


21 posted on 02/01/2006 8:11:15 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother; Landry Fan; BillF

I am glad to read this!

I watched the speech on Fox News but did not see him.

Glad he made it and the infection is improving.

Was he in uniform,BillF?


22 posted on 02/03/2006 6:01:12 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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