I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Congressman John Murtha. His unwavering devotion to our men and women in uniform strengthened our nation and will be his legacy.

Although most will remember Congressman Murtha for his public service- first in the Marine Corps and then in Congress - I will remember him as someone who cared deeply for our men and women in uniform.

When I was a newly elected member of Congress, Jack set aside partisan politics and joined me to visit Fort Drum and the men and women of the 10th Mountain Division.

During my nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, I often worked with Jack to bring the necessary resources to our troops. I'm grateful for the example he set, always putting the interests of the military ahead of his own and never losing sight of the individual service member for whom he felt a deep sense of gratitude.

The Army - the entire military - has lost one of its most steadfast advocates in Congressman Murtha. His legacy of devotion to the defense of our nation lives on in those he inspired and in those for whom he dedicated his life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.