I am heartbroken over the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives standing in the gap during the blasts in Kabul last week. 

These service members exhibited bravery and courage of the highest order, and we should take time to recognize them by name.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Tex.

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, of Omaha, Neb.

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of Wentzville, Mo.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio

Demanding answers on President Biden’s failure in Afghanistan

The news coming out of Afghanistan is heartbreaking. With every update the situation seems to worsen.

During the last week, our office has been contacted by numerous individuals, urgently requesting help in getting family, former coworkers, and deserving allies out of Afghanistan. The State Department directed Congressional offices to give them the names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers to assist in the evacuations. Now, as reports are indicating, the State Department gave names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers of Americans and allies still in Afghanistan to the Taliban.

It is unconscionable to think that U.S. government officials have given this information over to the Taliban — the very group these people are fleeing from. On Monday I sent a letter to President Biden demanding answers and accountability as to why this information was handed over to the Taliban.

Supporting improvement to health care in our district 

Last week I toured the Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP). 

MEHOP serves rural area residents in the counties of Matagorda, Wharton, Jackson, and Brazoria by providing access to vital services, supporting community and economic development, controlling health care costs, and delivering high quality care. Their mission is to provide healthcare service for any patient and to be advocates and change makers to impact the social determinants of health.

Michael Cloud (R-Victoria) is the U.S. Representative of the 27th District, which includes Wharton County. More information on this and other topics can be found at his website: www.cloud.house.gov.

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