"My prayers and thoughts are with the
Goodrich family and all soldiers of the 724th and their families,"
said LaHood, "and I have committed all the resources of my office to
assist these soldiers and families. Any injury or loss of life to
our military personnel is painful and heart-wrenching, and losses to
a local unit bring the reality of combat in Iraq home to all of us
in central Illinois. We are all thankful to those who volunteer to
defend our freedoms around the world, and I pray for the safe return
of all our soldiers.
surge of violence in Iraq is being fomented by terrorists who do not
want the people of Iraq to live in a democracy," LaHood added. "It
is a hard struggle to combat those who wish to terrorize the Iraqi
people and the forces of the United States, but it is a struggle to
which we are firmly committed, and in the end the efforts of
freedom-loving Iraqis and coalition forces will triumph."
[News release from
Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]