Gianforte, Daines Honor Fallen Montana Hero Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins
Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today attended a White House ceremony that posthumously awarded Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins the Medal of Honor. In conjunction with today’s ceremony, Gianforte and Daines introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to rename the VA clinic in Bozeman after the fallen Montana war hero.
“Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins showed unparalleled courage and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the soldiers he served with in Iraq,” Gianforte said. “It was my honor and privilege to stand with his family today as President Trump presented them with Travis’ Medal of Honor. A token of our eternal gratitude for his selfless sacrifice, renaming the VA clinic in Bozeman after him serves as a lasting tribute to Travis’ legacy of valor.”
“It was a privilege to stand with Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins’ mom, dad, and son as President Trump awarded Travis our nation’s highest distinction - the Medal of Honor,” Daines said. “A Montana native, Travis’ extraordinary valor and sacrificial service are a defining moment in our state’s great history. Every effort should be made to preserve his legacy. That is why today I also introduced legislation to rename the VA Clinic in Travis’ hometown of Bozeman in his honor.”
Born and raised in Montana, Staff Stg. Travis 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 a Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism, but after a review by the Department of Defense, he was awarded a Medal of Honor.