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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham issues statement on Sgt. Florich

June 12, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, issued the following statement regarding the Army’s decision to allow Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

“I am very pleased to hear that the Army will allow Sgt. Thomas Florich to be buried in Arlington. I’ve said from the beginning that he deserves this honor for giving his life in service to our country. My prayer is that his family now can find some solace in their loss knowing that their son will be honored as the hero he is,” Dr. Abraham said.

Sgt. Florich was among four Louisiana National Guardsmen and seven Marines who died in a black hawk helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of Florida in March.

The Army initially denied a request from Sgt. Florich’s family to allow him to be buried in Arlington.

After the Army rendered its first decision, Dr. Abraham reached out to other members of the Louisiana delegation to alert them to the situation and discuss what could be done to assist Sgt. Florich’s family.

Congressman Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, organized a phone call between Army officials and several members of the Louisiana delegation. The Army reversed its decision following the phone call with the Louisiana delegation, which included Dr. Abraham, Rep. Graves, Rep. Charles Boustany, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sen. David Vitter and a representative from Rep. Cedric Richmond’s office.

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