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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

In Memory of Sgt. Eduviges 'Duvi' Preciado Wolf

November 19, 2009
Floor Statement

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) gave the following statement on the House floor today in honor of the life of Sgt. Eduviges Preciado Wolf:

"Mister Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Sgt. Eduviges Preciado Wolf of Hawthorne, CA.  Sgt. Wolf was an army sergeant assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado.  Sgt. Wolf was a hero who gave her life in service to her country.   

Sgt. Wolf, also known as "Duvi," dreamed of serving in the U.S. military as a child who emigrated to the United Stated from Mexico with her family. As soon as Duvi was able, she joined the United States military so that she could fulfill her lifelong dream to serve and protect her country.  She met her husband Josh at Fort Bragg.  Together they had 2 daughters: 3 year old Isabel and 1 year old Valerie.  Both Duvi and Josh were deployed to Afghanistan, where they served in separate units.  Tragically, Duvi recently died in an insurgent attack while in Afghanistan.  She was 24 years old.

Earlier this month on Veterans Day, I had the honor and privilege of participating in events with veterans and their families in my congressional district – in Hawthorne and Inglewood, California. I was deeply moved by the families of our servicemembers. Not only do servicemembers make major sacrifices, but so do their families.  They live with the harsh realities of war and its implications on them.   Spouses must sacrifice long-term career planning, and children are oftentimes forced to transfer to different schools throughout the country.  Tragically, as is the reality of combat theatre, some of our troops do not make it home. 

Today, I salute and thank Sgt. Wolf, along with all of our nation's past and present heroes who sacrificed a great deal in service to their country.

I expressed my condolences to Duvi's sister Cecilia in Hawthorne on Veterans Day, and I know that her friends and family are still mourning.  It is my hope that they will find comfort and peace in the loving memories and the distinguished legacy of service that Duvi leaves behind.

Thank you."