Honoring Magnus Johnsonby Representative Todd C. Young
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. YOUNG of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, today, we honor Magnus Johnson for
his service to his country and community.
Johnson is a veteran of the United States Army and a former Green Beret, completing consecutive tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Johnson's record of service included work with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) and Unexploded Ordinances which garnered him a Bronze Star; moreover, Johnson's service overseas earned him a Combat Medal.
Following Johnson's final tour, he was struck with grief when a close friend and fellow service member committed suicide in 2013. Johnson's personal experience with suicide led him to create ``Elder Heart,'' an organization dedicated to healing. His organization strives to repair the divide between veteran and civilian by encouraging both to engage in projects that enhance the community. Elder Heart's approach led to the creation of public art; a sculpture built by veterans and civilians in Nashville, Indiana which highlights Elder Heart's hands-on approach to a veteran's healing process.
Moreover, Johnson aims to raise awareness of veterans who commit suicide--twenty-two every day--through social media, magazine and newspaper advertisements, and other forms of media. Coined ``Mission 22,'' Johnson hopes to educate the public about the plight of some of our service members. Elder Heart is currently planning to construct a national memorial to bring attention to suicide among America's veterans.
Johnson's work has not kept him from being a loyal husband and father. He hopes his 6-year-old daughter and newborn son will come to know the sacrifice of America's veterans.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Johnson on a number of occasions and can speak without hesitation to his ethical character and his dedication to his brothers-and-sisters in arms. It is a privilege to award him with Congressional Commendation, and ensure his story is preserved for future generations.
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