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Cornyn issues letter to honor Veterans Day

Dear Fellow Texans:

This Veterans Day, please join me in thanking all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Throughout our nation’s history, many brave men and women have answered the call to defend our nation.  I am grateful for each and every American who has stepped up to serve, and today I am reminded of the many Texas veterans who have donned our nation’s uniform.

First and foremost, today I think of my late father.  My dad, then-Second Lieutenant T.J. Cornyn, flew 26 missions as a member of the Jack Rose Crew in the 303rd bomber group — the Hell’s Angels — and spent four months in a Nazi POW camp. He went on to serve three decades in the U.S. Air Force.  My dad instilled in me a great respect for our servicemen and women and the sacrifices they have made to make this country the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.

Texas has been home to so many extraordinary veterans.

Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who hails from Fredericksburg, Texas, was instrumental in leading the Pacific fleet in World War II.

Richard Overton of Austin, Texas, served in the South Pacific during World War II, and at 112 years old, he is our nation’s oldest living veteran.

America’s deadliest Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, lived in North Texas until his tragic death.

Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor of the most fatal day in Navy SEAL history, grew up in Houston and lives today in Southeast Texas.

More than one in 12 veterans have chosen to live in Texas, no doubt thanks in part to our state’s welcoming and patriotic nature.  It is said that “Texas Defends America,” and when I reflect on the long, decorated list of veterans that have called our state home, I believe it to be true.

We owe these men and women a great deal of appreciation and support – today and every day.  So to all veterans in Texas, thank you. We are grateful for your service, daily sacrifice, and dedication to this nation.

May God bless each veteran and their family, and may God continue to bless Texas and the United States of America.


John Cornyn

U.S. Senator for Texas