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Local wounded warrior to join Bartlett at State of the Union address

January 23, 2012|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

A U.S. Army Reserves sergeant from Cascade who received help from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett when his medical records were lost will join the congressman at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Obama.

Bartlett, R-Md., said in a news release Monday that his wife, Ellen, gave up her ticket to the address so Sgt. Joseph Beeman could attend.

“I was very shocked and surprised,” Beeman, 34, said in a telephone interview Monday night.

In 2004, Beeman was deployed to Mosul, Iraq, where he sustained injuries to his back and knees during a mortar attack. Beeman said his medical records were lost and he met Bartlett when he sought help to resolve the problem.

Beeman, who underwent two surgeries, said Bartlett helped rebuild his medical records.

“He absolutely bent over backwards to get the information,” Beeman said, describing the effort as one example of the kind of work that Bartlett does quietly behind the scenes.

Beeman said he is looking forward to an expected “meet and greet” after the State of the Union address.

Beeman has remained in the Army Reserves as a wounded warrior and service-connected veteran, according to Bartlett’s news release. 

Beeman works for the U.S. Postal Service when not activated by the Army, the release said.

“I am humbled by the sacrifice of thousands of residents of the 6th District who volunteered and have served in our armed forces since the 9/11 attacks,” Bartlett said in the release.
 
“Twenty-two young men from the 6th District made the ultimate sacrifice since the United States Armed Forces helped the Afghan people to topple the ruthless Taliban regime that harbored al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Many more were wounded. I wish that I could have invited them all to attend the State of the Union,” Bartlett said in the release.

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