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Bill “Sarge” enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman recruit, worked his way through the enlisted ranks, attended Officer Candidate School and retired as a Lieutenant Commander after serving twenty years on active duty and in he Naval Reserve.

Veterans Day is upon us.  Many in our armed forces have directly risked their lives in the line of fire. All our servicemen and women — regardless of whether they have ever seen combat — play an important role in the
defense of our nation. All gave some and some gave all.

Meanwhile, medical care through the Veterans Administration is not living up to the needs of those who have served.  Some have died waiting for an appointment to see a doctor.  This is inexcusable!

When a veteran contacts his government for help, the government should
be responsive.  Our veterans deserve personal attention. If that means
having their Congressman personally picking up the phone or going to the
VA Administrator’s office to resolve issues then that’s what needs to happen.

From my own experience of working in Washington in Legislative Affairs,
agencies prefer to deal with issues at a staff level.  They don’t want to get
calls from the Congressman himself.  Worse yet, the VA doesn’t want a
Congressman coming to their Administrator’s office and asking why
something hasn’t been done!

I will fight for these men and women who have fought to protect us and
who have put their lives on the line for all of us. The people of the Texas
14th Congressional District deserve representation by a person who is
dedicated to be their advocate and who has served alongside of them.
To the best of my ability I will be that person for them.

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