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Armed Services Committee; Chairman Jeff Miller, Veterans
Committee; and Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security
Committee. The reception featured remarks from: U.S. Reps.
Bilirakis and Maloney, Supreme President John Galanis and
Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Christos Panagopoulos.
More than 75 persons attended.
"We sincerely appreciate the hard work of Representatives
Bilirakis, Maloney, and Sessions, and their staffs, who helped
to make tonight's appreciation event for Lt. Col. Megellas a
wonderful experience for everyone," Galanis said. "We also
thank all the members of Congress who took time out of
their busy schedules to meet Maggie. We pledge to continue
our efforts, working with our allies on Capitol Hill, to ensure
Maggie's case for the Medal of Honor is granted review and
reconsideration because he deserves the honor."

Congress Asks For Review of MOH Case
Since 2011, AHEPA has backed the effort, including legislation, to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor
to Megellas for acts of valor during the Battle of the Bulge.
Following the reception, the Hellenic Caucus and Congressman
Sessions acted. Twenty U.S. representatives, including: Speaker
Ryan, Chairman Miller, Chairman McCaul, and Hellenic Caucus
Co-chairs Bilirakis, who is also vice-chair of the Veterans'
Committee, and Maloney, and Chairman Sessions, sent a letter
to Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, urging him
to grant prompt consideration and personal
review of Megellas' Medal of Honor
case for acts of valor at the Battle of
the Bulge.
In a statement, AHEPA commended the Hellenic Caucus initiative.
"We are deeply grateful to Hellenic
Caucus Co-chairs Bilirakis and Maloney,
and Chairman Sessions, for leading this
important initiative," Galanis said. "To
have significant support from leadership,
including the backing of the Speaker

Top right: Hellenic Caucus Co-chair Maloney and
Lt. Col. Megellas embrace.
Bottom right: Congressional letter to Acting
Army Secretary Murphy.

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