Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) welcomed a brave former Fort Riley soldier as his special guest for tonight’s State of the Union address. 1st Lieutenant Nathan Rimpf served as platoon leader at Ft. Riley and was deployed to Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was wounded by an improvised mine while on combat patrol in July 2012. A double amputee who was told he’d never walk again, 1st Lieutenant Rimpf’s decorations include: Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Bronze Star, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Despite losing both feet during the explosion, Rimpf refused to give up. He dedicated his life to rehabilitation and recovery – and after only 18 months, he accomplished his goal to successfully complete the Army Ten Miler-Race in Washington. Next he plans to attend business school and become a health care consultant. His experience in Afghanistan has inspired many as he continues to strive as a top notch athlete. Representative Huelskamp released the following statement:
“Tonight, when the President addresses Congress, included in the audience will be First Lieutenant Rimpf – a veteran who risked his life to protect his country. Lt. Rimpf is an example of why we cannot forget the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. As a member of the Houses Veteran Affairs Committee and representing the Fort Riley community, our former and current service members need to know that they have our deepest appreciation and support both on the battle field and after they come home.
“While the President is using a bunch of political guests, including an inactive NBA player who averaged just 3.6 points per game, in a feeble attempt to score political points, I believe it more proper to focus on and not forget the inspiring heroes like Lt. Rimpf who actually put themselves in harm’s way to defend our country and our way of life.”