The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office

Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines) last week introduced a bill that would rename the Des Moines Post Office the "Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office." Boswell may have gotten the idea from Congressman John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Kentucky, who got a bill through the U.S. House earlier this year to rename a post office in the Hikes Point neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, the "Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Miltary Heroes of Louisville Memorial Post Office."

Congressman Tom Latham, a Republican from Ames, Iowa, led an effort in 2007 to rename the post office in Marshalltown, Iowa, in honor of Scott Nisely, a soldier who was killed in Iraq. Nisely, a member of the National Guard called to active duty in Iraq, worked at the post office. In late June, a post office in Massachusetts was renamed in honor of a Marine who died in Iraq. 

Legislators try to name government-owned buildings all the time. Boswell proposed naming the Federal Building in Des Moines after Neal Smith, a long-time Iowa congressman, and all the members of Iowa's delegation supported naming the Federal Building in Davenport for James A. Leach, another long-time Iowa congressman. A Post Office in Rhode Island was renamed in honor of boxer Rocky Marciano earlier this year. Two California lawmakers are trying to rename a Post Office in San Diego after Caesar Chavez.

Read Boswell's proposal below.

Boswell Introduces Bill to Name Des Moines Post Office in Memoriam of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
    Washington, DC – Congressman Leonard Boswell has introduced a bill to designate the US Postal Facility located at 1165 2nd Avenue in Des Moines as the “Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial Post Office.” The bill will honor and pay respect to those who have served and continue to serve their nation under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
    “As a 20-year veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam, I wholeheartedly support our troops and the families they leave back home,” Boswell said. “The young men and women of Iowa have consistently answered their nation’s call to service in times of need, and it is important that we recognize the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.”



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