(House of Representatives - April 26, 2013)

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  (Mr. COFFMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. COFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, retired United States Army Reserve 
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Hood passed away on December 30, 2012. He 
served our Nation with distinction, first on Active Duty in the United 
States Army and later in the Army Reserve.
  Lieutenant Colonel Hood began his military service with the 82nd 
Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he became the 
first parachute-qualified, combat-ready optometrist in the United 
States Army.
  From 1970 to 1972, Lieutenant Colonel Hood served in Southeast Asia 
during the war in Vietnam as the Army's chief of eye services at the 
Diplomatic Medical Mission in Bangkok, Thailand.
  In 1972, he left Active Duty and continued serving his country in the 
United States Army Reserve as the chief of optometry for the 5502 
United States Army Reserve Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, until his 
retirement in 1990.
  Lieutenant Colonel Hood is survived by his wife, Patricia; his 
daughter, Chelsey Russell; his son, Cayman; and his granddaughter, 
Hayden Russell.