Release: Vermont National Guard Soldier Makes Ultimate Sacrifice in Afghanistan

ANDERSEN AIR BASE, Guam, July 4 – Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement today after the Vermont National Guard announced that Specialist Ryan J. Grady, 25, of West Burke, Vt., gave his life for his country when his military vehicle was struck by an explosive device in Afghanistan:

“Vermonters are saddened by the loss of a National Guard soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.  As our state and country mark Independence Day and honor the memory of all those who served our nation, our thoughts and prayers are with Specialist Grady’s family and with the Vermont Guard members serving in Afghanistan.”