Thankful For Those Who Serve

Senator John Cornyn
2014-12-03 10:47:48
THE LONESTAR WEEKLY Senator Cornyn�s E-Newsletter The Lonestar Weekly* As Texans gather with our loved ones and friends in the coming days to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded that so many of our blessings would not be possible without the contributions of our men and women in uniform�past and present�and the families who support them from the homefront. � From a young age, I was fortunate to learn the value of military service from my father, a career Air Force officer who served as a B-17 pilot in World War II. On his 26th mission over Germany, he was shot down by the Nazis and spent several months in a POW camp before General Patton�s troops freed him and his fellow service members. He instilled in me a love for our country and a deep respect for those who serve. Likewise, I learned these valuable lessons from my father-in-law, who stormed Utah Beach 70 years ago. We sadly lost him earlier this year, and he will be sorely missed by all of us this Thanksgiving.� � Indeed, the many freedoms we enjoy have been secured since the birth of our nation by men and women willing to risk everything for this country. Each summer, I have the privilege of meeting our next generation of military leaders, when I host an annual send-off ceremony to recognize the young Texans joining our nation�s military academies. They represent some of the brightest and most determined young people in our state, and we�re fortunate that they choose to dedicate their talents and make a commitment to serving our country. I�m thankful for their willingness to serve, and I�m encouraged by their incredible potential. � As these young men and women don their crisp uniforms for the first time, they are linked in spirit to the generations of great American patriots who came before them. Though much has changed�including the enemy, the battlefields, and the weaponry�the values and courage of our service members remain the same.� � I see that commitment, that sense of duty, and that bravery in the faces of every warrior I meet�from the nation�s oldest living veteran, Richard Overton, who at 108 years young resides in Austin, Texas, to a soldier I met at Fort Hood who was injured by the senseless shooting that rocked that close-knit community earlier this year. Still in recovery at the hospital, this young hero wrote a note that to me represents the spirit and dedication of all his fellow service members. He wrote: �Sir how's everyone doing? Let everyone know I'm doing good and we'll all get through this as a family/team.� � As Texans give thanks for our blessings, I hope each of us will count among our greatest blessings the men and women who have and continue to place their lives in harm�s way to ensure our freedoms, our safety and our way of life. We give thanks for their service and the sacrifices their families have made, and we pray for the safe return of those who are miles from home.� � May God bless you and yours abundantly this Thanksgiving.� John Cornyn News Releases* *November 24th:*�*Cornyn Statement on Secretary Hagel�s Resignation [link 1]* *November 21st:**�**Cornyn Responds to President Obama Ending Secure Communities Program [link 2]* *November 20th:�**Cornyn: Executive Action on Immigration an Unconstitutional Abuse of Power [link 3]* *November 20th:�**Cornyn OpEd: The Case against Obama�s Amnesty [link 4]* *November 19th:**�**Cornyn: President�s Power Grab Poisons Prospects For Real Reform [link 5]* *November 18th:**�**Cornyn: For President Obama, Time is Up on Keystone Pipeline [link 6]* *November 17th:**�**Cornyn: Bypassing Congress on Immigration Will Harm Opportunity for Real Reform [link 7]* *November 12th:*�*Cornyn: New GOP Senate Majority an Opportunity to Work Together� [link 8]* *November 10th:*�*It�s Time to Take Human Trafficking Seriously [link 9]* *November 7th:**�**Cornyn to President: Work with GOP on Immigration [link 10]* Social Media* Sen. Cornyn regularly updates his profiles with the latest news and developments from around Texas and Capitol Hill. [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/twitter.gif] [link 11]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/facebook.gif] [link 12]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov/images/youtube.gif] [link 13]� [image = cornyn.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Flickr.png] [link 14] Texas Times Column* ** *July 1st:*�*Remembering the Price of Freedom on Independence Day [link 15]* *June 15th:*�The Gift of Fatherhood [link 16] *June 5th:*�Remembering the Price of Freedom on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day [link 17] *April 21st:*�18 Minutes To Victory [link 18] *April 10th:�*Celebrating The King of Western Swing [link 19] *December 24th:�*First Christmas In Texas [link 20] *November 25th:�*Thankful for the Heroes Among Us [link 21] *November 5th:*�May They Never Feel Alone [link 22] *October 29th:�**An Unlikely Beginning For Johnson Space Center [link 23]* *Auguest 28th:*�*A Celebration of Resilience in West, Texas* [link 24]
As Texans gather with our loved ones and friends in the coming days to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded that so many of our blessings would not be possible without the contributions of our men and women in uniform�past and present�and the families who support them from the homefront.
 
From a young age, I was fortunate to learn the value of military service from my father, a career Air Force officer who served as a B-17 pilot in World War II. On his 26th mission over Germany, he was shot down by the Nazis and spent several months in a POW camp before General Patton�s troops freed him and his fellow service members. He instilled in me a love for our country and a deep respect for those who serve. Likewise, I learned these valuable lessons from my father-in-law, who stormed Utah Beach 70 years ago. We sadly lost him earlier this year, and he will be sorely missed by all of us this Thanksgiving. 
 
Indeed, the many freedoms we enjoy have been secured since the birth of our nation by men and women willing to risk everything for this country. Each summer, I have the privilege of meeting our next generation of military leaders, when I host an annual send-off ceremony to recognize the young Texans joining our nation�s military academies. They represent some of the brightest and most determined young people in our state, and we�re fortunate that they choose to dedicate their talents and make a commitment to serving our country. I�m thankful for their willingness to serve, and I�m encouraged by their incredible potential.
 
As these young men and women don their crisp uniforms for the first time, they are linked in spirit to the generations of great American patriots who came before them. Though much has changed�including the enemy, the battlefields, and the weaponry�the values and courage of our service members remain the same. 
 
I see that commitment, that sense of duty, and that bravery in the faces of every warrior I meet�from the nation�s oldest living veteran, Richard Overton, who at 108 years young resides in Austin, Texas, to a soldier I met at Fort Hood who was injured by the senseless shooting that rocked that close-knit community earlier this year. Still in recovery at the hospital, this young hero wrote a note that to me represents the spirit and dedication of all his fellow service members. He wrote: �Sir how's everyone doing? Let everyone know I'm doing good and we'll all get through this as a family/team.�
 
As Texans give thanks for our blessings, I hope each of us will count among our greatest blessings the men and women who have and continue to place their lives in harm�s way to ensure our freedoms, our safety and our way of life. We give thanks for their service and the sacrifices their families have made, and we pray for the safe return of those who are miles from home. 
 
May God bless you and yours abundantly this Thanksgiving. 

John Cornyn

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