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Boyle Introduces Congressional Gold Medal Legislation to Honor Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman

July 9, 2020
Press Release

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) introduced legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman for his courage to testify in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. This comes after Lt. Col. Vindman’s announcement of his retirement after “a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.” The Congressional Gold Medal honors those “who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient’s field long after the achievement.”
 
"Despite threats to his family and career, Lt. Col. Vindman testified truthfully against President Trump on his ‘improper’ and ‘unusual’ phone call with the President of Ukraine,” said Congressman Boyle. “Lt. Col Vindman fulfilled not only his constitutional duty, but exhibited exemplary courage and bravery in bringing to light illegal and unconstitutional acts by the President. The nation owes this patriot recognition for his actions and willingness to stand up for our country when few others summoned the courage to do so. After facing retribution from the President of the United States as a result of his testimony, Lt. Col. Vindman deserves our appreciation and recognition as he is forced into retirement.”
 
Commissioned in 1999 as an infantry officer, Lt. Col. Vindman received a Purple Heart medal for wounds he received from an IED attack in the Iraq War in 2004. Lt. Col. Vindman became a foreign area officer specializing in Eurasia in 2008, and assumed the position of Director for European Affairs with the NSC in 2018.  Lt. Col. Vindman was the Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council (NSC) until he was reassigned on February 7, 2020. 
 
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