US Congressman Jeb Hensarling on Veterans Day

US Congressman Jeb Hensarling on Veterans Day

Rep. Jeb Hensarling: A Salute to Our Veterans

This Veterans Day, we pause to reflect upon the selfless service of our women and men in uniform.

As each of us carry on with our weekend routines – grocery shopping, sporting and civic events, and family time – it is important to stop and say a collective ‘thank you’ to the heroes who courageously served our country in uniform.

As the son, grandson, and brother of veterans, I cannot begin to thank our veterans enough for their service.

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My father, Charles Hensarling, was a proud member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and the U.S. Army. He served in the Tenth Calvary, and ultimately obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. From the time I was old enough to understand, my father instilled in me a deep respect and gratitude for those who protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

We must not forget the individuals who hold strong while their loved ones are serving our country. They, too, serve our country and sacrifice for our freedom.

Our country is facing a difficult and, frankly, troubling time. In a time where good news stories sometimes feel few and far between, I reflect upon the words of President Ronald Reagan:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

It reminds me of why you sent me to Washington. It reminds me of the commitment of so many veterans in Texas and across America. It reminds me that freedom would not be possible without those who serve their country.

Each and every day, I continue to be amazed by the heroes in the 5thDistrict who continue their service after active duty.

This past August, I had the honor of meeting Howard Banks, a 92-year-old World War II veteran from Kaufman, who was attacked when trying to protect the American flag from being stolen from outside of his home.

Congressman Jeb Hensarling meets an American hero, Mr. Howard Banks of Kaufman, Texas.

Though Mr. Banks is legally blind, he never stopped serving his country as he faced the cowards who were attempting to steal hisflag, which is our flag. Heroes like Mr. Banks continue to remind the world that America is truly, and always will be, great.

The 5th Congressional District of Texas is home to roughly 42,000 veterans. If you are a veteran – I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your heroism. If you are not, it is my sincere hope that you will take the time to thank a veteran for the sacrifices made for you and your family.

Today and every day, let us never forget the patriots who have answered the call to defend us.

Yours respectfully,

Jeb Hensarling
Member of Congress

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