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Valentines for Vets: Sam Johnson Encourages Area School Participation

To coincide with the National Salute to Veterans Week (February 9-15th), I am organizing my annual “Valentines for Vets” outreach program. Teachers and students in Collin County are encouraged to create Valentines that will be picked up by staff during the week of February 1st. I will then hand-deliver the heart-felt messages to veterans at the Dallas VA Medical Center.   Read more »

at Jan 27, 2015 5:04 PM
       

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bills to Protect National Security, Support Men and Women in Uniform

On Thursday, I introduced two bills to protect our national security and support our men and women in uniform. First, the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA), will prevent Americans who are fighting alongside a terrorist organization overseas from reentering the United States and recognizes such actions as a renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

at Jan 24, 2015 10:51 AM
       

Supporting the Mental Health of our Veterans

Last Monday, the House passed H.R.203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, by a vote of 403-0. This legislation was named in honor of Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt, who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq before redeploying to Afghanistan. After being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Clay sought to help others and raise awareness about depression. Unfortunately, we lost Clay in 2011. He was 28.   Read more »

at Jan 19, 2015 9:01 AM
       

Continuing to Take Care of Our Veterans

Providing for our Veterans has always been one of my top legislative priorities. Last Tuesday, the House made it easier for employers to hire veterans by passing H.R.22 by a vote of 412-0. This legislation would allow employers to hire veterans who receive health coverage with the

at Jan 14, 2015 4:52 PM
       

New Congress - What Happened this Week

On Tuesday, the 114th Congress officially convened, and I was honored to be sworn in for the new session. With Republican control of the House and Senate, we have an important opportunity to stop the Executive’s disastrous, unconstitutional actions and pass legislation that cuts spending, grows our economy and provides our military with the resources it needs to protect our nation.   Read more »

at Jan 10, 2015 10:44 AM
       

Sen. Cruz’s Measure Granting Purple Heart Eligibility to Fort Hood Victims Heads to President’s Desk

Recently, I announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015 includes legislation I sponsored to allow the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood to receive the Purple Heart.

The legislation, supported by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, will expand eligibility for the Purple Heart to include members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded in an attack inspired or motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.   Read more »

at Dec 22, 2014 8:37 AM
       

A Piece Of Home This Christmas

The United States has our military all over the world, and we have for a good number of years. In fact, the United States has been at war for a long, long time.

This year, as we approach Christmas, families across America will gather around to enjoy homemade apple pie and turkey and each other's company, but our men and women in uniform, those volunteers, are still all over the world, protecting and representing the United States. These are America's best. It is the best we have in our country.   Read more »

at Dec 21, 2014 9:36 AM
       

Sen. Cruz Bill to Aid Military Heroes Fighting Ebola Introduced in the House

Last week, the House of Representatives introduced companion legislation to my bill to ensure that members of the Armed Forces combatting the spread of Ebola in West Africa are entitled to appropriate tax benefits.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, filed the bipartisan companion legislation, H.R. 5804, in the House and it is co-sponsored by Texas Republican Reps. John Carter and Roger Williams. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has signed on as a co-sponsor of my bill, S. 2965.   Read more »

at Dec 19, 2014 4:02 PM
       

Congressman Turner Secures Important Protections for the Parental Rights of Our Service Men and Women

Washington, DC: For the last seven years, Congressman Mike Turner, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, has fought to protect the parental rights of our service men and women.

Last week, the bipartisan FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act successfully passed the Senate and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature. Congressman Turner authored and successfully included provisions in this bipartisan legislation that will provide a uniform national standard that prohibits state courts from using past, current, or future deployment against service members when making child custody determinations.   Read more »

at Dec 15, 2014 12:25 PM
       

Hillary Clinton: The Military-Industrial Candidate

So the Democrats are for peace and the Republicans are for war, huh? Then why is the Democrats’ leading candidate a consistent hawk? Who's the real Hillary Clinton? My guest today, Kelley Vlahos, says she's the "military-industrial candidate."   Read more »

at Dec 12, 2014 9:05 AM
       

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