WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a bill that would honor a Summit County fallen hero moved one step closer to becoming law. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for passing legislation he supported that would rename the Tallmadge Branch Post Office as the “Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr. Post Office Building.” Deyarmin was a Tallmadge native who died on August 1, 2005, while serving as a Marine in Iraq. The legislation was first introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13) before being passed in the House and moving to the Senate where Brown has pushed for its passage.
“In advance of our nation’s Independence Day, it’s important to remember veterans like Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr.,” Brown said. “He was a dedicated and committed member of our nation’s Armed Forces. The selfless sacrifice that he and his family made for our country will not be forgotten. By renaming the Tallmadge Branch Post Office after him, we can help ensure that we honor his legacy. I thank Rep. Ryan for introducing and helping pass this bill in the House. And I thank Senate committee leaders for helping this bill move one step closer to becoming law.”
“I am pleased the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has passed our legislation to rename the Tallmadge Branch Post Office in memory of Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr.,” Ryan said. “This vote has brought us one step closer to paying tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of LCpl Deyarmin. LCpl Deyarmin bravely served our nation in Iraq and sadly lost his life in the line of duty two days after his 22nd birthday. It is important that our communities find a way to honor the lives of their fallen heroes and this is a fitting reminder.”
Lance Corporal (LCpl) Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr. was killed during his first tour of duty in Iraq at age 22. In his honor, his parents and sister founded the “LCpl Daniel ‘Nate’ Deyarmin Memorial Benefit Run,” which benefits disabled and disadvantaged veterans and their families. Also, in March of 2013, the Ohio General Assembly voted to name a stretch of Interstate Route 76 the Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin, Jr., Memorial Highway in his remembrance.
Brown continues to be a vocal advocate for military service members and their families. Brown is the Co-Chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus and the only Ohio Senator to serve a full term on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Earlier this month, Brown helped the Senate pass bipartisan legislation that would begin to take critical steps toward reforming the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system to ensure that Ohio’s veterans receive the highest quality care as quickly as possible, no matter where they live or what facility they visit. Brown worked to ensure that the legislation would:
- Allow veterans who face long delays to obtain care outside of the VA system;
- Authorize funds to help the VA immediately hire new doctors and nurses; and
- Enable the department to more easily remove executives with poor performance history.