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 leadership in recognizing the incredible sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. It’s the first in Texas, and the third in the nation. I’m proud to represent thousands of U.S. veterans, those who currently serve on active duty, in the reserves, and with the National Guard, and all Americans who lend their support to our troops and veterans every day.


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