WASHINGTON — U.S Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. applauded the announcement that Louisiana National Guard Staff Sergeant Thomas Florich will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Staff Sgt. Florich was one of 11 service members who died in a helicopter crash during a training mission off the coast of Florida in March. The U.S. Army previously said that he did not qualify to be buried at Arlington Cemetery because he died in training, rather than active duty.
Dr. Cassidy and the Louisiana delegation have been working to urge U.S. Secretary of the Army John McHugh to reverse the Army’s decision. McHugh announced today that he has approved an exception to the policy.
“Staff Sergeant Thomas Florich gave his life for our country. I thank Secretary McHugh for honoring his sacrifice by allowing him to be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Sgt. Florich’s family will continue to be in our prayers. His life, sacrifice and service will never be forgotten.”