Iraq vets invited to State of the Union

Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) is urging Members of Congress to invite Iraq war veterans to attend next Tuesday's State of the Union Address in the U.S. Capitol.

In a bipartisan letter Wednesday, Congressman Bachus and Representatives Jeff Miller (FL), Tim Walz (MN), and Marcia Fudge (OH) asked colleagues to make a special effort to invite returning veterans to the House gallery for the Presidential address.

Bachus said his personal guest will be Noah Galloway of Alabaster, who was severely wounded in Iraq and has since become a spokesman for injured veterans.

"It is because of the dedication and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform that we can meet in freedom under the dome of the Capitol for State of the Union Address, Bachus said. "Their service should be recognized and appreciated."

Bachus' office said Galloway served two tours of duty in Iraq as a member of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, in the 101st Airborne Division's 502nd Infantry Brigade in Iraq.

The soldier lost his left leg and left arm in a bomb explosion in 2005.

"It is an honor to have the senior member of the Alabama House delegation invite me to the State of the Union Address.  The fact that four congressmen from both sides of the aisle have joined together, even though their political views may be different, shows a lot of respect for our troops and veterans," Galloway said.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Rep. Bachus' Press Office