WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced legislation to rename the United States Postal Service facility located in Grove City, Ohio after Army Specialist Joseph W. Riley. Riley, a native of Grove City, died on November 24, 2014, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Army Specialist Joseph W. Riley made the ultimate sacrifice for his county, and he and his family deserve our gratitude,” said Brown. “The designation of this Post Office in his name will honor this brave Ohioan for his courage and service to his state and nation. We should also honor his memory through our actions by making sure all veterans and servicemembers have access to the services they’ve earned.”
“Last year, I had the honor to meet with Michelle and Rodney Riley to talk about their son, Joey, shortly after his death,” said Portman. “They said it was his dream to serve our country in the military. He did just that, and fought bravely in Afghanistan, where he made the ultimate sacrifice. He was 27 years old. He is part of a generation who, for the last fourteen years, has fought—and died—to protect our nation from the evils of terror. We must honor his memory, and this legislation is just a small way we can pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of this American hero.”
Specialist Riley enlisted in the Army in June 2012; he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March 2013. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge.