Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) honored a former San Ramon resident on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Marine Sergeant Zachary George, who grew up in San Ramon, was wounded while serving his third tour of duty in February. Last week, President Barack Obama awarded George the Purple Heart.
Here is Swalwell's full speech:
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifice and selfless service of Marine Sergeant Zachary George, who was born and raised in San Ramon, California, and he and I even went to the same elementary school. Sergeant George was wounded in Afghanistan on February 4th, while honorably serving on his third tour of duty abroad. Last Tuesday, March 5th, President Obama awarded Sergeant George the Purple Heart for his heroic efforts.
Last week, I had the honor of meeting Sergeant George at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His perseverance and positive outlook inspired me and should serve as an example to us all. I thank Sergeant George for his brave actions and I congratulate him on the prestigious achievement of a Purple Heart. His courage in combat brings honor to our country, our community and the fifteenth district should forever be remembered.
Sergeant George exemplifies the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment every day. His selfless service reminds us that as a nation we must pledge that when our troops return home, we leave no service member behind.
Along with Sergeant George’s fellow Marines and service members, I sincerely thank Sergeant George and his family for their sacrifice and service to our country. I wish Sergeant George a speedy recovery in North Carolina, where he resides with his wife and infant daughter.
I yield back the balance of my time.