Jason Hubbard

Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Hubbard and his best friend and fellow Marine Jeremiah Baro, both of Clovis, California, were killed by a roadside bomb blast in downtown Ramadi in 2004.

Jason Hubbard and his brother Nathan enlisted nine months after their brother’s death to honor him. They asked to serve together and were assigned to the same unit, the 3rd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division based on Hawaii, and deployed to Iraq the following year.

Nathan was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash near Kirkuk in Northern Iraq on August 22, 2007. Jason was riding in another helicopter in the vicinity and was part of the detail assigned to recover the bodies from the wreckage.

Invoking its “sole survivor” policy, the military pulled Jason from combat duty. You might remember the policy as the central plotline from “Saving Private Ryan” in which the last remaining brother was to be brought home from war. Hubbard was later offered an early discharge which he accepted. And that is when the injustices began. The Army wanted his enlistment bonus back because he did not serve out his full three years. He was also denied medical coverage for his family and educational benefits under the GI Bill.

Only after petitioning his Congressman were some of these benefits restored. Representative Devin Nunes recently introduced the Hubbard Act with three of his colleagues to ensure basic benefits to all soldiers discharged under the sole survivor policy. The Pentagon has identified 51 sole survivors since September 11, 2001.

On this day we remember our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, let us not forget those who served with honor and survived. Please support the Hubbard Act.

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