Honoring Our Fallen Service Members

Dear friend, 

Every day, our service members make enormous sacrifices to protect our nation, our democracy, and our freedom. On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those we have lost in service to our country and send our love and appreciation to the Gold Star families and communities who hold them closest in memory. While we can never repay our fallen service members for all they did for our country, we must always remember them.

Over the years, Washingtonians have graciously shared stories of their loved ones who died in service with me—stories of heroes like Corporal Jeffrey Starr from Snohomish, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal Starr died on Memorial Day, 16 years ago, at the age of 22 while serving his third tour in Iraq. I never had the privilege of meeting Corporal Starr, but I am in awe of his courage, passion, and devotion to our country and those he loved most. That spirit lives on today as we remember him and the thousands of brave men and women who have died for our country.  

Today, we also recognize that our country needs to do better to meet the needs of our military families, our veterans, wounded warriors, and active troops stationed here and abroad, who have strengthened our nation with their service. We have an obligation to ensure they have timely access to quality care, compassionate support, and the resources they need.

As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to leave a message with my Kirkland office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA-01, you can follow me on social media at the links above.

Stay safe and stay healthy,