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Senator Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Honor Fallen Military Heroes

Photograph by Greg Nash/Getty

U.S Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill today alongside U.S Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to rename a United States Postal Service office in Laredo Texas, to honor fallen military heroes. According to a press release from Sen. Cruz’s office, Cruz made a statement regarding the bill:

“There is no greater sacrifice than giving your life to protect your country. Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, Lance Corporal Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez, and Sergeant Roberto Arizola, Jr., proudly represented their country and their sacrifice will forever be memorialized with the renaming of the Del Mar Post Office in Laredo. The renamed post office will serve as a reminder to their community of their heroic lives and will cement their legacy for years to come.”

23-year-old Lance Corporal Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez, died on January 13th, 2005 while conducting combat operations in Anbar Province, Iraq. He grew up in a town near Laredo and after graduating high school, joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

31-year-old Sergeant Roberto Arizola, Jr., was killed in an explosion in Iraq on June 8th, 2005 the day before he was scheduled to return from Iraq. He had served as a Border Patrol agent in Laredo before being deployed to Iraq in 2004.

Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, who was 20 years old at the time, along with 12 other service members were tragically killed by a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afganistan during the Biden Administrations disastrous withdrawal on August 26th, 2021. 

Biden has faced much criticism over his sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in chaos and many Americans and Afghans getting left behind during evacuations from the country. 

Several of the families of the fallen service members in Afghanistan have made efforts to force the Biden Administration to confront its deadly failure and be made accountable. President Biden defended the withdrawal when it happened and maintains that defense to this day.


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