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The Militarization Of Our Local Schools

On August 28, I wrote a piece questioning the militarization of our local police departments. In that article I asked some tough questions concerning the need for local law enforcement agencies to have military surplus items such as grenade launchers and mine resistant armored vehicles (the later are specifically known as a MRAP). I believe that

at Sep 16, 2014 9:19 AM
       

We Need to Rebuild a VA That Will Serve, Care, and Treat Veterans With Dignity

I met with a group of doctors from the Nueces County Medical Association to encourage them to start accepting VA medical vouchers again so our veterans can receive the quick and effective treatment they have earned. One of the changes made under H.R. 3230 allows veterans to seek care outside the VA if there are unreasonable delays in receiving treatments. Once our local doctors feel confident that they will be compensated for their services in a timely manner they will again be able to accept VA vouchers.

I am a strong supporter of H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act, a bi-partisan effort to make the necessary reforms to improve patient care

at Sep 14, 2014 4:39 PM
       

SPC Justin Lane Receives HERO’S WELCOME with New Home in Comal County

Patriotism is alive and well in Comal County. SPC Justin “JP” Lane received a hero’s welcome on September 11, 2014 with a parade and BBQ, Texas-style. The event was to present JP, as he is called, with a home in Smithson Valley. He was given the ‘keys’ to his new house by HelpingAHero.org. JP could not have landed in a more conservative and friendly neighborhood.   Read more »

at Sep 13, 2014 4:04 PM
       

School Answers for Denying Entry to Father Wearing Army Uniform

A twenty-four year Army officer was denied entrance to his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan. His offense? He was wearing the uniform of the United States Army.

Army Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker went to his daughter’s high school when he was greeted at the door by a Rochester Adams High School security guard. He went to the school with his daughter to help her learn her way around the school. The security guard informed Colonel Sherwood he would have to go home and change clothes before he could be granted entry into the building.   Read more »

at Sep 12, 2014 12:22 PM
       

Shilo Harris, More Than a True American Hero: A Leader

Many Texans have already heard of Texan Ret. Staff Sgt. S​hilo Harris. He is an incredible human being, and I believe Shilo Harris is more than a true American hero: he is a leader. Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris’ Humvee hit an IED while on patrol in Iraq in February of 2007. In that blast, he lost his ears, part of his nose, some fingers and over a third of the skin on his body. He also lost three of his best friends. What followed was an agonizing road to recovery, which began with nearly two months in a medically-induced coma. During that time, he experienced a version of hell so terrifying, the memories still haunt him today. Harris shares his inspiring story in his memoir, Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I was Meant to Be (September 1, 2014; Baker Books).   Read more »

at Sep 9, 2014 11:18 AM
       

Congressman Sam Johnson to host U.S. Service Academy Information Forum

On Saturday, September 6th, I am inviting Third District students and their families to attend the annual U.S. Service Academy Information Forum to learn more about the selection process and application requirements for our nations’ service academies.

The FREE information session will take place in the Conference Center of the Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, located at 9700 Wayne Blvd. in Frisco. Students interested in seeking nomination

at Aug 27, 2014 2:19 PM
       

Celebrating our Military for Purple Heart Day

I’m thankful every day for our military service members and the veterans that have fought to keep us safe. And Thursday was a special day to commemorate specifically those who were wounded or killed in combat while defending America abroad. Purple Heart Day celebrates the 1.9 million U.S. troops who have earned the Purple Heart Medal, including the almost 50,000 men and women in uniform who have received a Purple Heart for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have made such great sacrifices for our country, and the families of all Purple Heart recipients.

Right here in Lubbock, we’re taking every opportunity to honor those who have served. You may remember that Texas Tech University was recently named a “Purple Heart University” for its

at Aug 13, 2014 9:47 AM
       

An Apology to All Veterans

To all Veterans:

You represent the the spirit that once made America a super power. I apologize that our government and some of our people do not give you the respect and services you deserve, in spite of the fact that we all know you did not enlist in the military in order to receive gratitude. You served because you believe in the founding principles of this great nation.   Read more »

at Jul 3, 2014 2:05 PM
       

The Obama Debacle!

The Iraq debacle has shown that our emperor has no clothes. For the past six years, the media has covered up for the most incompetent administration since the beginning of the 20th century, but as Iraq spirals out of control, it can no longer be denied that this is Obama’s failure. While many on the left have stated that this has proven the failure of Bush’s invasion of Iraq, all it showed is the failure of Obama’s policies.   Read more »

at Jun 24, 2014 12:22 PM
       

Congressman Farenthold Checks Up On Our Local VA Clinics

Last week, I visited the VA Outpatient Clinics in Corpus Christi and Victoria to get the real story on wait times, quality of service, and other issues from local Veterans and VA staff.

As you may have read, the Corpus Christi clinics were among those subject to additional investigation for long wait times. We have had far too many requests for service come into my office from veterans in this area. The VA must get on track and provide prompt quality care.   Read more »

at Jun 23, 2014 10:11 AM
       

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