Madam Speaker, more than 30 years ago, Alberto and Olga Sanchez decided to leave the dusty border town of Renosa, Mexico, and immigrate to Texas with their small child, Alberto, Jr.

Alberto grew up in Houston and went to Milby High School. After high school, he wanted to go to college but decided to join the United States Army first. So he spent 9 years as a member of the United States Army.

He married his sweetheart, Yesenia; and their fifth wedding anniversary was to be next month.

But, Saturday, Staff Sergeant Alberto Sanchez, Jr., died while on combat patrol in Balad, Iraq. Caught in the path of an IED explosion, his wounds overcame him. He was 33 years of age.

He was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division.

IEDs, improvised explosive devices, are nothing more than booby traps buried by cowardly, masked terrorists who lack the courage to face our troops.

Staff Sergeant Sanchez died while in service to his country. America joins his wife, his parents, his two siblings, along with a host of friends and family that mourn the loss of this American soldier. He is another example that freedom always costs and always will.

And that's just the way it is.