It's becoming a tradition of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) the Senate majority leader--hosting wounded Iraq war vets at the State of the Union. It's also a sign of how long the war has been waged. Three years ago Durbin's guest was Tammy Duckworth, who went on to run for a House seat in the Chicago suburbs and who now is Gov. Blagojevich's veterans affairs chief.
Durbin will also host Mayor Daley and his wife, Maggie. The Daleys have a son in the service.
The two Illinois soldiers are Staff Sergeant Wage Cobar of Schaumburg, and Staff Sergeant Eric Sundell of Patoka.
Later in the evening, Durbin has a blog session with DailyKos.
this from Durbin's office..
Staff Sergeant Cobar was deployed to Iraq in August 2006 and was injured in October 2006 while delivering supplies to a unit responsible for river sweeps along the Syrian border. He is being treated for combat-related injuries at Bethesda Navel Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Staff Sergeant Eric Sundell enlisted in the Army in 1994 and is a member of the infantry. Sundell is being treated for combat-related injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He was wounded in August of 2006 as he and his unit were conducting a foot patrol near Ramadi.
Mayor Daley and his wife Maggie Daley will also be attending the State of the Union as Senator Durbin’s guest. The Daleys' son Patrick Daley enlisted in the Army in 2004 at the age of 29 and is currently stationed with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. He is currently awaiting deployment to the Middle East.