Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hon. Greg Walden Presents Congressional Record Tribute To Warrior Kyle McCullough

Congratulations to Warrior Kyle McCullough for receiving a Congressional Record Tribute from Hon. Greg Walden. 

On behalf of the Gorge Heroes Club and the Warriors we support world-wide we would like to thank both Hon. Greg Walden and Warrior Kyle McCullough for your continued support.
Warrior Kyle McCullough receives his Congressional Record Tribute from Hon. Greg Walden

The Record Congressional Reads As Follows: 

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the 112th Congress, Second Session

House of Representatives

Hon. Greg Walden

Of Oregon

In The House Of Representatives

Friday, June 08, 2012

Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to pay special tribute to Kyle McCullough. Kyle, a 28-year old Wasco County resident, is a former Army Special Forces soldiers who served this country with honor and distinction. In Ramadi in 2006, he fought in one of the toughest engagements our forces encountered during Operation Iraqi Freedom. And now Kyle is currently in the process of reenlisting in the Army.

While at home, his mind is not far from his comrades in harm’s way overseas. In recent conversation with his little brother, USMC 1st Lt Kristopher “Turf” McCullough, currently serving in Afghanistan he was asked: “Do people even remember that we’re over here?”

Kyle, as ever his nature, jumped into action. In May, Kyle walked a distance of 198 miles over eight days from his home in Dufur to the Oregon coast in Seaside to raise awareness for the troops. That’s an average of 24.5 miles every day, or two miles longer than the driving distance between Hood River and The Dalles.

During the trek, Kyle not only raised a few blisters on the bottom of his feet, but he also raised money for the Hood River-based Gorge Heroes Club, which provides care packages to deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the money Kyle raised, the Gorge Heroes Club will be able to provide 1,250 soldiers overseas with morale-boosting care packages from home.

Media throughout the northwest covered Kyle’s walk - and it was not lost on deployed servicemen and women overseas, either. Oregon National Guard Major Jack Gillentine, stationed in Kabul, said in a recent letter to the Gorge Heroes Club, “Thank you very much for the packages you sent us. Some of the non-perishable food goes on our trucks for missions when we cannot get to the chow hall. I especially wanted to say thank you to Kyle McCullough. I read this article and I appreciate the huge effort. Thanks for all you do.”

The Gorge Heroes Club supported more thank 5,000 troops last year alone. As a direct result of Kyle’s dedication and willingness to persevere through pain and exhaustion, troops deployed around the globe will continue to receive these much needed morale boosting care packages.

Mr. Speaker, I ask that my fellow colleagues join me in recognizing Kyle McCullough. He has earned the thanks of a grateful nation not only for his courage on the battlefield, but for his homefront support
of his fellow servicemen and women who every day put their lives on the line for our way of life.

Congressional Record

Hon. Greg Walden visits with Warrior Kyle McCullough and GHC member Bobbie Reisner after the Town Hall presentation.