U.S. House Passes Congressman Biggs' Bill to Honor Fallen Chandler Hero
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4983, a bill to designate the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic as the “Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic.” Congressman Andy Biggs was the sponsor of this bill in the House.
On June, 8, 2018, Staff Sergeant Conrad, of Chandler, died in Somalia from injuries sustained from indirect enemy fire, while assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, in support of Operation Octave Shield. His service includes two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For his heroic actions that day, he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, and Meritorious Service Medal. This legislation is endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars – Department of Arizona, Vietnam Veterans of America – Arizona State Council, and Concerned Veterans for America – Arizona.
All members of the Arizona congressional delegation supported this legislation.
Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:
“Today, we are one step closer in honoring Staff Sergeant Conrad’s service and ultimate sacrifice for our country by renaming the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic after him. Staff Sergeant Conrad was one of America’s finest and a true patriot. May we never forget his sacrifice – as well as all members of our Armed Forces, who are willing to defend our freedoms. I am grateful for my colleagues in Arizona and across the nation who came together to pass this important piece of legislation. I hope that this bill receives swift consideration in the Senate.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.