Womack Announces Wounded Warrior Fellow
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today announced the selection of Corporal Aaron Mankin of Rogers, Arkansas as the Wounded Warrior Fellow for the Third District.
Established by Congress in 2008, the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program creates employment opportunities for veterans within the U.S. House of Representatives. These two-year fellowships provide veterans with experience and exposure to broaden career opportunities.
After the announcement of Mankin's appointment, Congressman Steve Womack and Solomon Jennings, Program Manager for the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, released the following statements:
“Aaron Mankin is a true American hero whose sacrifice for this country is noteworthy. When offered the opportunity to host a Wounded Warrior fellow in my office, the choice was easy. This fellowship was created to benefit heroes like Aaron Mankin, and I look forward to having him in my office,” said Congressman Womack.
“Any words used to describe Aaron Mankin’s energy, resiliency, and courage will not do this Marine justice," said Jennings. "He is an exceptional individual with a contagious personality and a welcomed addition to the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program and the Office of Congressman Womack”.
When asked about his appointment, Corporal Mankin said the following:
“I am very thankful to Congressman Womack for providing such a valuable experience to our veterans through this fellowship. I am grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to continue to serve.”
Corporal Aaron Mankin served in the United States Marine Corps from October 2003 through March 2008. In May 2005, while he was deployed in Iraq as a combat correspondent, he survived an IED attack. Due to the intense burns he suffered, Aaron has undergone more than 70 surgeries at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA. Just two months after his injuries he was presented with the Purple Heart and Navy Achievement Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor. We thank Aaron for his service and dedication to our country.
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