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Recognizing a Montana hero

April 19, 2019
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Medal of Honor recognizes one of Montana’s finest                                                      Subscribe here 

Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins was among Montana’s and America’s finest.     

Born and raised in Montana, Atkins enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000 at age 24. He served in Afghanistan, was honorably discharged in 2003, and reenlisted two years later.

Shielding his fellow soldiers from a terrorist attack in Iraq, Atkins died on June 1, 2007 as he tackled and pinned down a suicide bomber who detonated a bomb. Atkins’ quick thinking and selfless actions saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.

Atkins initially received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism, but after a Department of Defense review, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

In March, Atkins’ son, Trevor, and parents, Jack and Elaine, attended a White House ceremony in which the president posthumously awarded Atkins the Medal of Honor. It was my honor and privilege to stand with his family as President Trump presented them with his Medal of Honor.

It was also a humbling privilege to stand with the hundreds of Montanans who gave a heartfelt welcome to Jack and Elaine as they returned to Bozeman following the ceremony in Washington.

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Jack and Elaine Atkins return to Bozeman
 

Bozeman VA clinic should bear Atkins’ name

Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins showed unparalleled courage and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the soldiers he served with in Iraq.

As a symbol of our eternal gratitude for his selfless sacrifice, I introduced a measure to rename the VA clinic in Bozeman after this Montana hero. Renaming the Bozeman clinic after him will serve as a lasting tribute to Travis’ legacy of valor.


Montana veterans in Butte and Bozeman receive congressional recognition

Through the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation program, Montana recognizes outstanding veterans who have served our country and dedicated their time to our communities.

It was a privilege to recently honor Harold “Pete” Godtland and Eileen Greb from Butte for their service to country and community.

Harry Armstrong and Len Albright were also recently recognized for their many contributions to the Bozeman community.

Visit my website to learn more about the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation program.

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Pete Godtland and Eileen Greb receive the Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation in Butte

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Greg honors Harry Armstrong and Len Albright (right) at a Montana Congressional Veteran Commendation ceremony in Bozeman 

 

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Spirit of Montana

I had the honor of recognizing Troy McGee of Helena for his decades of outstanding service and dedication to public safety, law enforcement, and his community.

McGee recently retired after nearly four decades in the Helena Police Department, including nearly 23 years as Helena’s chief of police.

Learn more about the recipients of the Spirit of Montana recognition on my website. Anyone may nominate Montanans for the award by contacting my office at 202-225-3211 or by email at https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email.


 
MT in DC

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Greg and leaders of the Montana Space Grant Consortium talk about research funding for Montana’s space industry
 

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Greg discusses small business policies with leaders of the Montana Small Business Development Center
 

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Greg and leaders of Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain discuss a bill to recognize the 100th anniversary of Easterseals
 

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Greg meets with leaders from the Montana Department of Transportation to discuss infrastructure

Visit my Facebook page to view more photos of Montanans I’m working with in Washington.


Stay in touch

As your voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Please, contact any of my offices if I can help you. I am honored to serve you.

Greg