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NO. R-234.  House concurrent resolution recognizing the bravery and courage of Vermont Army National Guard Sergeant Gary Jackson.

(H.C.R.132)

Offered by:  Representatives Endres of Milton, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex‑Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Whereas, service on behalf of our nation is extremely important to Gary Jackson, and in 1987, after graduating from Milton High School, he enlisted in the Vermont Army National Guard, and

Whereas, in the 17 years subsequent to his enlistment, Gary Jackson has remained committed to protecting our state and nation and has risen to the rank of sergeant, and

Whereas, on January 22, 2004, as a member of the Vermont National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 86th Field Artillery Regiment, Staff Sergeant Jackson was deployed to Fort Dix, New Jersey for training and then sent to Kuwait for a brief period prior to beginning his assignment in Iraq, and

Whereas, on May 25, 2004, while SSG Jackson and the troops of his squad were escorting a military intelligence detail at the Forward Operating Base located in Kalsu, approximately 25 miles south of Baghdad, they were subjected to a mortar fire ambush, and

Whereas, two soldiers from his squad were killed, three were seriously wounded, and four others were less seriously wounded and released after receiving medical treatment, and

Whereas, SSG Jackson was severely injured, sustaining multiple shrapnel injuries resulting in nerve damage to his leg and arm, and a separate injury to his left eye, including the retina, and

Whereas, following an initial evacuation to the Regional Medical Facility in Landstuhl, Germany, SSG Jackson was transferred to the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and during the course of a 14‑week period was operated on 18 times, and

Whereas, SSG Jackson takes great pride in the purple heart that he has been awarded, and

Whereas, although he has sustained significant combat injuries, and his family, including his wife, Lisa, and three daughters, Kaitlyn, 8, Abbie, 7, and Alexa, 2, consider him a hero, he believes that he was only performing the tasks for which he was trained as a soldier, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the enormous bravery and courage that Staff Sergeant Gary Jackson has exhibited on the battlefield and through his long recuperative process and wishes him well in his continuing rehabilitative efforts, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Vermont Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Gary Jackson in Milton.

 



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