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Rep. Garrett Passes Legislation through House to Honor Fallen Military Hero

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A bill now lies in the hands of the Senate that would rename a post office in Charlottesville after a University of Virginia graduate who died while serving overseas.

On Thursday, November 29, Congressman Tom Garrett passed legislation that would rename the post office in the Barracks Road Shopping Center after Army Captain Humayun Khan.

Khan graduated from UVA in 2000 and was later killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.

This is the second time Garrett has gotten legislation passed in the House to rename facilities in the 5th District.

The Palmyra office in Fluvanna County was renamed in honor of Navy Sailor Dakota Rigsby.

According to a release, ceremonies regarding these newly named offices are forthcoming.


Press Release from Congressman Tom Garrett:

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Yesterday, Representative Tom Garrett successfully passed legislation through the House of Representatives to honor a fallen military hero from Virginia’s Fifth District, Captain Humayun Khan. H.R. 3184 designates the United States Post Office in Charlottesville, VA as the “Captain Humayun Khan Post Office”. This legislation now heads to the Senate for a vote amidst bipartisan work in conjunction with both Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine to ensure it will reach President Trump’s desk before the 116th Congress commences.

Last year, Garrett introduced this bill alongside H.R. 3183 which was signed by President Trump this summer and honors Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby from Palmyra, VA. Upon introduction of these bills last year, Rep. Garrett stated the following:

"Today, we honor two brave American patriots who sacrificed everything serving the country they loved. Shining light upon their heroic efforts pales in comparison to the respect and admiration they deserve, but I hope this will serve as a tribute to their memory and to remind everyone of our selfless service men and women who put on this nation's cloth everyday to defend our nation."

Captain Humayun Khan was an American soldier in the United States Army who was killed on June 8, 2004. One hundred and twenty days into his tour in Iraq, Khan was inspecting a guard post near Baqubah when a taxicab began approaching quickly. Ordering his subordinates away, Khan ran toward the vehicle and was killed when the bomb with which it was fitted exploded. Captain Khan was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Born in the United Arab Emirates to Pakistani parents, Capt. Khan moved to the United States with his family as a young boy. He attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Upon graduating in 2000, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army and deployed as a captain to Iraq during the Iraq War. In 2004, Khan was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany. Upon enactment of this bill, the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2150 Wise Street in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be renamed the "Captain Humayun Khan Post Office".

Information regarding the introduction of these bills in 2016 may be found here.

More details are forthcoming regarding official ceremonies for the newly named post offices