Military

Texas veterans are on the front lines of keeping our country safe, but too often our men and women in uniform are not given the care and benefits they deserve.
Last week, my bill, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act(H.R. 1475), was signed into law.  This law will permit a Wall of Remembrance to be added to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington...
This summer, a Vietnam Veteran who posted on Facebook about the problems he was having with the VA contacted my office for help. After a loss of mobility, this veteran’s doctor ordered a wheelchair for him, but he had not...
This summer, while Congress has been out of session, I have undergone treatment here in Houston for Leukemia. Fortunately, just eight weeks into treatment, I am feeling like myself again and am confident that I will beat...
A man from north Texas who falsely claimed to be a wounded Navy SEAL has been sentenced to spend four years in prison.
President Obama decided to transfer 15 Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) detainees to the United Arab Emirates. I am calling on the President to work with Congress to strengthen detainee policy and better protect the American people....
The remains of a WWII pilot missing since his plane disappeared in 1945 were returned to Texas on Wednesday for burial with full military honors. The remains were found at the crash-site of a C-47B cargo plane in Malaysia in...
During the Republican Debates, Governor Jeb Bush, and Senator Marco Rubio were asked, “Do you believe young women should sign up for Selective Service?” Senator Marco Rubio stated, "I do believe that selective service should...
Texas has been hammered by historic torrential rain and flooding. As the Texas floodwaters rose, 12 soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, were crossing Owl Creek in a 21⁄2-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle when it became stuck in...
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took to his keyboard to defend the honor of the late “American Sniper,” Navy Seal Chris Kyle. The former governor responded to what he called a “stunning display of inadequate research” in an...
One of the many challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs in South Texas (and nationwide) is a shortage of Primary Care Physicians and Specialty Care Providers. Because of this, the Congress created alternatives...
I cosponsored the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act in response to reports this week that more than one in three veterans’ calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Crisis Line are...
The stunning White House ransom payments to Iran controversy just gets worse. It turns out payments to the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism wasn’t $400 million but a whopping $1.7 billion.
Donald J. Trump’s campaign will release an open letter on Tuesday from about 90 retired generals and military officials endorsing his presidential campaign, urging a “long overdue course correction in our national security...
This Labor Day weekend, we celebrate the Americans who keep our economic engine running strong.
Last week I joined Major General Robert White, Colonel Michael J. Hester, Mr. Bob Burns, and Mr. Jorge Rio on an aerial tour of Fort Bliss and discussed with base leadership their goals and needs for the base over the long...
Thursday, the City of Odessa gathered to honor the memory of one of their own; to recognize the life and distinguished service of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL veteran Chris Kyle. With the unveiling of this memorial, the city...
In remarks on the Senate floor, I spoke about legislation funding anti-Zika efforts and supporting veterans that was filibustered by Senate Democrats Tuesday.
April 16, 1966. It was on this day 50 years ago, during my second tour in North Vietnam, that I took off on my 25th mission with the United States Air Force.
Today is Memorial Day: a day when we remember those who have died in service to the United States of America.

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