NEAL INVITES LOCAL AFGHANISTAN VETERAN TO ATTEND STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
January 24, 2012
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal has invited Army 1st Lieutenant Samuel P. Fortsch of the 101st Airborne Division to be his guest tonight at President Obama's State of the Union Address in the United States Capitol Building. Lieutenant Fortsch was born in Springfield, graduated from Longmeadow High School in 2006, and the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He is currently assigned as a Fire Support Officer for Bayonet Troop 1-61 Cavalry Regiment 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, KY. He recently completed a mission in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His parents are James and Elizabeth Fortsch of Longmeadow, MA.
"I wanted to show my gratitude to our brave men and women in uniform by inviting a local service member to attend the State of the Union as my guest. I thought it would be a good opportunity for Lieutenant Fortsch, who recently returned from Afghanistan, to hear directly from the Commander in Chief about his vision for the future. I appreciate Sam's brave service and thanked him for protecting our nation at home and abroad every day," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.