Victims' Rights Caucus



Madam Speaker, America and the State of Texas lost a warrior this month at the Forward Operating Base Gardez in Afghanistan, a remote and desolate place in the middle of the cursed lands of this war zone. Army SPC Jarrett Griemel died on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan. He was just 20 years old.

SPC Griemel is the 28th warrior to have died in Iraq or Afghanistan with connection to the 2nd Congressional District of Texas.

Jarrett was a young man who personified the best qualities of the young people of America today. Born in San Angelo, Texas and raised in La Porte, Texas, Jarrett was living the life he had always made plans to live: a life filled with achievement and adventure.

Jarrett was a patriot. He joined the Army his junior year of high school. He had already completed basic training before graduating with honors from La Porte High School.

Jarrett was a member of the swim team and the surf club while in high school. He loved the outdoors and especially the beach and surfing.

Jarrett spent his spare time parachuting and cliff diving. Jarrett lived his life to the fullest.

In February of last year, Jarrett married his high-school sweetheart, Candice, at a small ceremony in front of a justice of the peace. She joined him in Alaska where he was deployed by the Army to begin their young married lives together. Jarrett set his career goal at becoming a surgeon.

Jarrett was an athletic young man with bright red hair and an infectious smile. His brother Chase says he and Jarrett were typical adventurous young boys growing up who spent time in the woods catching snakes and bugs. He wanted to travel, see the world, live a life of excitement and adventure. And Jarrett did just that.

Jarrett was a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Home of the Arctic Warriors.

The 3,500-Soldier brigade is in the midst of a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Our American warriors live under the most grueling of conditions in Afghanistan. Jarretts experience in the outdoors growing up would come in handy in the rugged and cursed terrain.

Having been in Afghanistan myself, Ive witnessed how the hot desert sun is unrelenting as our soldiers patrol in the dusty, rocky mountains and deserts. The only real relief from the heat is the freezing