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Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Alaskan Military Service Members Killed in the Line of Duty

Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 awards medal to 25 Alaskan Families who lost loved ones

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Senate unanimously passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 20.    SCR20, sponsored by Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), awards the Alaska Decoration of Honor to 25 individuals who were killed in the line of duty while honorably serving our state and country in 2011.

“Passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 will allow the families of these 25 individuals to receive the decoration in honor of their loved ones' sacrifice” said Senator Wielechowski.   “While it is always our hope that all those in uniform will return home safely, the reality is a few will not and it is important we recognize and honor their service.”

The Alaska Decoration of Honor was established in 2007 to award military service members from Alaska, or those service members deployed while stationed in Alaska, who were killed in action or in support of combat action.

The Legislature must authorize the award by resolution so the decoration can be presented to the recipients' survivors. In 2008, the Legislature awarded the medal to 171 individuals dating back to statehood.   From 2009 – 2010, legislators authorized the award for another 36 individuals.

For more information, please call Senator Wielechowski at 242-1558 or Kendra Kloster at 465-2435.

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