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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate floor today to honor Sergeant Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, who was among four members of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment killed on Oct. 6, 2013, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Sergeant Hawkins’ family (wife) resides in Lansing, Kansas, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Yesterday, Sen. Moran joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to provide immediate death gratuity payments to military families during the government shutdown. This is a sacred obligation our nation holds dear and includes ensuring families’ presence to honor their loved ones at Dover Air Force Base.