Katko pushes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to 13 fallen soldiers

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — A local congressman is joining an effort to recognize the 13 military service members killed in Afghanistan last week.

Representative John Katko (R, NY-24) is co-sponsoring legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the fallen soldiers.

It’s Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.

The servicemembers were killed in an attack outside the airport in Kabul as the United States raced to evacuate citizens and allies out of the country.