House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Death of Virginia Serviceman in Afghanistan

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Earlier today, the Pentagon identified two service members killed Saturday in Afghanistan. One of the two soldiers was Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin of Newport News.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ These two men, Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin and Pfc. Miguel Villalon answered the call of their nation, and in the course of their duties, laid down their lives for us all. We must never forget the sacrifices that members of our armed forces and their families continue to make on our behalf. Our thoughts are prayers are with these families during this difficult time.”