Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texasby Representative Sam Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to honor
fourteen distinguished military veterans, community servants, and
American patriots who call the Third District of Texas home. All
faithfully answered the call of duty and placed service above self for
the sake of our great nation. Each one leaves a legacy to be
remembered, for future generations to follow, a legacy of bravery,
loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice. For their selfless service, bold
leadership, and undying commitment for their neighbor and nation, the
following individual has been selected as a recipient of the third
annual Congressional Veteran Commendation:
Lance Corporal John Wangler served in the United States Marine Corps
from 2007 to 2011. His commitment to the military began at
a young age, learning from his grandfather, a Korean War Veteran, the
value of placing duty to country above self. Immediately after
graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in
February 2007, because eighteen years was long enough for him to wait
to serve. In 2008, Mr. Wangler deployed to Iraq where he completed more
than 200 combat patrols throughout the Al-Anbar province. The following
year he deployed to Afghanistan where he led mortar missions as the
adjusting gun squad leader and commanded a six-man vehicle checkpoint
that implemented security measures and registered local population.
Because of his service and leadership, he was awarded the Combat Action
Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign
Medals, as well as numerous other medals.
After returning to civilian life, he redirected his commitment to the college classroom at Collin College. Recognizing the difficulty of transitioning from military to civilian life, Mr. Wangler became an officer of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization where he currently helps other student veterans navigate through the GI Bill. He also volunteers as a mentor in the new Veterans Welcome and Resource Center on campus. Additionally, he is one of only three student veteran advisors, which plans and hosts events to honor the sacrifice of our service members. Mr. Wangler truly represents the best of our young generation. We need more young people like him who will give their time, energy, and efforts to make this community a better place.
Lance Corporal John Wangler, let me both thank and congratulate you on your exceptional service to our country and community both past and present. It is my pleasure to award you the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas.