McNerney assigned to veterans committee
Newly elected Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has been assigned to two committees this week.
McNerney, who unseated Republican Richard Pombo in the November election, will serve on the Science and Technology Committee to explore global warming and other issues. He was also assigned to the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
McNerney said he hopes his role on the Veterans Affairs Committee will be to ensure that veterans are treated with dignity when they return home from the Middle East.
Priorities for the Veterans Affairs Committee will include ensuring timely and adequate funding for the Veterans Administration, effectively addressing the mental health and transition concerns of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, improving collaboration between the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration, and updating the Montgomery GI Bill.
Marine who attended school in Escalon dies
ESCALON - A 23-year-old U.S. Marine who went to high school in the San Joaquin Valley, died in his barracks at Camp Lejeune, N.C., military officials said.
Last week's death of Lance Cpl. Christopher Lee Clark, a military policeman, is under investigation, said 2nd Lt. Philip Klay. Klay wouldn't disclose additional details about the circumstances of his death, which military officials said was the result of a "nonhostile act."
Clark's family has said the death was accidental, said 1st Sgt. Michael Miller, an assistant casualty call officer at Sharpe Depot in Lathrop.
Clark was scheduled to deploy this month for his second tour in Iraq with the Combat Logistics Battalion II, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, military officials said. He enlisted in January 2005 and spent seven months in his first tour in Iraq.
Clark lived in Florida, but attended Escalon High School during his freshman year and still has family in the valley, military and school officials said. Clark's body was scheduled to arrive Thursday at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon, and a funeral service was planned for Saturday.
Clark's body was scheduled to arrive Thursday at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon, and a funeral service was planned for Saturday.
First published: Friday, January 12, 2007