Idaho Soldier Gets Standing Ovation in Congress


A severely wounded Marine from Cottonwood received a standing ovation on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday. Lt. Cpl. Randal Wright is receiving treatment at Walter Reed Hospital for injuries suffered due to an IED blast in Afghanistan where he lost both legs and an arm.

At the invitation of Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, Wright was invited to tour the Capitol with his family. As an extra surprise, he was escorted to the floor of the House and was introduced and praised by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Minnick told Citydesk that in September he'll introduce legislation to expand the new GI Bill to include job training at vocational schools and grant full credit National Guardsmen.