O'Halleran Joins AZ Delegation to Honor Veteran's Service

November 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined the entire Arizona Congressional Delegation to introduce a bill to rename the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic located in Gilbert, Arizona after U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad. 

On June 8, 2018, Staff Sergeant Conrad, of Chandler, died in Somalia from injuries sustained from indirect enemy fire, while assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, in support of Operation Octave Shield. His service includes two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, and Meritorious Service Medal. This legislation is endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars – Department of Arizona, Vietnam Veterans of America – Arizona State Council, and Concerned Veterans for America – Arizona. Members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation released the following statements:

“Staff Sgt. Conrad represents the very best of us. Selfless and brave, he laid down his life for our nation. I am proud to honor his service today and hope this small act comes as a comfort to Sgt. Conrad’s loved ones as they cherish his memory.”– Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

“Staff Sergeant Conrad bravely served in numerous overseas missions, and gave his life for our country. I cannot think of a better way to honor his sacrifice than memorializing his legacy at the local VA clinic that tirelessly provides our veterans with the care they need to thrive.”– Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03)

“America can never truly repay our Veterans who put on their uniform to defend this great nation. I am incredibly grateful of their service and sacrifice for our common good. This Veterans Day, I am proud to join my colleagues from Arizona to honor U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad, who was killed in the line of duty, by renaming the Gilbert Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic in his name. May God continue to bless the men & women of our armed forces, their families, and America.”– Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04)

“Staff Sergeant Conrad was one of America’s finest, and we all mourn his passing. His life of service and sacrifice reminds us that there are men and women fighting every day to keep our country free and prosperous. Renaming the Southeast VA Clinic in his honor is a small token of gratitude to Sergeant Conrad’s family, friends, and fellow soldiers. We are forever grateful to Staff Sergeant Conrad and all members of our Armed Forces who are willing to defend freedom.” – Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

“I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of this bill to honor Staff Sergeant Conrad’s legacy in the military and his fight to protect our nation’s freedoms. Staff Sergeant Conrad and his family will never be forgotten in Arizona. I thank my colleague Congressman Biggs for introducing this legislation to remember an American hero.”– Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06)

“Sergeant Conrad was a fine man, soldier, and Arizonan who fought bravely and died in service of our nation. I’m proud to join Rep. Biggs and the rest of my colleagues in the Arizona Congressional delegation in honoring him and his sacrifice.”– Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)

“Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad will forever be remembered as one of Arizona’s finest. We will never forget his willingness to serve his country. Designating the Veterans Affairs clinic in Gilbert will be a lasting tribute to his service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.”– Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08)

“Veterans Day is an opportunity for our community to come together to pay respect to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in service. This year we’re honoring one of Arizona’s own, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Alexander Conrad. Designating our local veterans’ health clinic in his name is the least we can do to honor his life and legacy of service.” – Congressman Greg Stanton (AZ-09)