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A Tribute To Mr. Clifford L. Stoffel

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

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Mr. Speaker, I rise before you today to pay tribute to Mr. Clifford L. Stoffel who was awarded the 2005 Congressional Volunteer Recognition Award by the Second Congressional District of Maryland's Veterans Advisory Group.

It is with great pleasure that I bring before you a man who has selflessly committed himself as a volunteer driver and as the Coordinator for the Transportation Section at the Glen Burnie Clinic for Veterans.

In the past six years, Mr. Stoffel has driven 41,986 miles to take patients to and from scheduled and emergency doctor appointments. The veterans have come to rely on him when other drivers cancel or when they forget to request a driver. He is always willing to assist them, ensuring that those in need of a ride to the nearest veteran facility, will have transportation.

Because of Mr. Stoffel's generosity, approximately 2,258 patients have had reliable transportation when necessary. His generosity is recognized as an example of dedication amongst veteran volunteers.

I believe this country should honor the service and sacrifices of those who place themselves in harm's way to protect the freedoms of the American citizens. The Veterans Advisory Group provides an excellent opportunity for me to share pending legislation with people who have done just that, as well as, gain their perspective on specialized issues.

Mr. Speaker, I ask that you join with me, and the Veterans Advisory Group to commend the efforts of Mr. Clifford L. Stoffel in his kindheartedness and willingness to help others. He has gone above and beyond to aid those who have dedicated their lives to serve our great country.