Says, ‘decision is welcome, though long past-due,’ and ‘I proudly continue to support our brave service members and their families’
LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after the United States Army announced that it will award Purple Heart medals and provide all possible benefits to the victims of the 2009 attack outside of the Little Rock, Arkansas military recruiting station that claimed the life of Pvt. William Andrew Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula:
“During my tenure in Congress, I worked hard on this issue, and I appreciate the persistence of our congressional delegation and especially my successor Rep. French Hill. The Army’s decision is welcome, though long past-due, and I am excited to say that Pvts. Ezeagwula and Long earned Purple Heart medals, and now they will finally receive them and all possible benefits for their sacrifice to our country. I proudly continue to support our brave service members and their families.”
Per Army Secretary John McHugh, the benefits include: payment of hostile fire pay for those Purple Heart recipients “killed, injured or wounded” in the attack, as well as combat-related special compensation for retired soldiers whose disability is attributable to an injury for which they were awarded the Purple Heart. Secretary McHugh explained that there may be additional benefits, and that he has directed a review to determine “whether these Soldiers may be entitled to any other benefits or compensation as a result of the award of the Purple Heart.” A report is due back to the Secretary within 30 days.
About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.