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      Statement by Congressman Steve Womack

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      On Purple Hearts for Private William Long and Private Quinton Ezegwula:

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      "We must allunderstand that 9/11 changed how we look at modern warfare. And it's no longerforce-on-force, lion-in-the-sand type warfare. It's more of an insurgent,guerilla type of conflict that is fought by, in many cases, non-state actors.Everything from "lone wolfs" to "rouge groups" who are trying to advance someradical, in many cases jihadist-type of philosophy or mentality. And so it isin the contrast of how the war on terror has changed that. I am very sensitiveto the fact that our men and women in uniform have become targets. Not just inforeign countries but on our own soil. I believe that our country needs to besensitive to the fact that our service men and women are in harms way all thetime.

      I believethat we should give consideration to those that are injured or killed whilerepresenting this country. That something must be done to properly acknowledgetheir sacrifice. If not a Purple Heart then surely this country can come upwith a reasonable type of honor to bestow upon them that does not currentlyexist."

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