Skip to comments.Yale (MI) Native Gets Chance To Attend State of Union Address (Joshua Sparling)
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 Presidents 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.
Excellent! Thanks for posting.
Guess someone thought the DC Chapter wouldn't be interested in this news report.
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.
Excellent, thanks for the ping.
Thanks for pinging the list, JVb!
Excellent article thank you for posting.
Thanks for the ping Landry Fan!! Too cool!!!
Thanks for the ping.
You know how great I feel about this, don't cha!
I can guess!
Isn't this the same guy who got that awful card from that idiot who ran "forsake the troops" ????
We see his dad at Walter Reed on Fridays.
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.
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!
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?
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