The mother of the first U.S. Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom is calling on both chambers of Congress to award the Gold Medal to the two former SEALs who lost their lives in Benghazi last September.
Debbie Lee founded the website America’s Mighty Warriors in honor of her son, Marc, who died in 2006, and she is now requesting the Congressional Gold Medal – “the highest honor a civilian can receive” – be given to Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty for their heroic sacrifice during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith were also killed.
Lee’s online petition, which asks Americans to show their support for this honor to be bestowed on the two former SEALs, reads, in part:
Woods and Doherty acted without regard for their own personal safety in order to protect and save the lives of others under terrorist attack. Their actions exhibited uncommon selflessness and valor and should be recognized.
The United States of America can ask no more of a citizen than to lay down his life for his country. In return, the United States government owes Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty the evaluation of their heroic actions and the award of the appropriate honor.
According to a report from Newsmax, normally, the “Congressional Gold Medal is granted many years after an extraordinary achievement,” but Lee is requesting Congress act now to award Woods and Doherty.
“By committee rules, legislation to bestow the medals won’t even be considered until at least two-thirds of the members of both the House and the Senate agree to co-sponsor the bill,” the article said.
In March, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., introduced H.R. 1186, which “Directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the posthumous award, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal in commemoration of the contributions of Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two former Navy SEAL members who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2012, while serving as part of a U.S. diplomatic security detachment in Libya.”
The Senate is expected to introduce its version of the bill soon, Newsmax reported.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax last week, Lee vowed to continue her efforts to see the former SEALs awarded the Gold Medal:
I’m hoping that this will be successful. I’m not giving up until it is.
It is an honor to be able to be that voice. Glenn and Ty don’t have that voice any longer. They gave that up with their final, last breath.