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Wagner Statement on the Tragic Death of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz

Aug 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) released the following statement on the tragic death of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz:

"Giving one’s life in service to your country will never ease the pain felt by parents who just lost their son defending freedom in a faraway land.

"Sadly, Wentzville native Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was one of the brave Marines who was killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul yesterday while working to ensure the safety of those trying to leave Afghanistan. He was just 20 years old and I am so incredibly proud of his dedication, his resolve, and his patriotism. When I spoke to his father this morning, I told him that Jared’s legacy will endure here in Missouri and across the United States.

"On just his first deployment, Jared stepped up to serve, putting his life on the line to save others and help get American families and Afghan allies out of harm’s way. Tragically, Jared paid the ultimate sacrifice. May Jared rest in peace, and may the prayers of all Missourians comfort the Schmitz family, their community and their friends in this time of sorrow."