Hurd on the Hill
In last week’s Hurd on the Hill column, you heard from Jon Arnold, our Veterans Affairs and Military liaison staffer. For more than a year and a half, Jon has been working hard on behalf of the Veterans in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, helping them to receive the benefits they earned while serving our nation.
Last summer was my first time staffing a town hall-type event with Congressman Will Hurd. Being a good former soldier, I showed up at the Uvalde Dairy Queen about 15 minutes before everyone else, dressed in slacks and a blazer. People started walking up to me, introducing themselves and thanking me, assuming that I was the Congressman. Since then, Will has called me his stuntman.
The United States has lacked leadership in the areas of national defense, cybersecurity, and border security for too long, creating systemic challenges to the safety of Americans. Additionally, all too often, politicians are out of reach and out of touch with those they represent.
The last Hurd on the Hill column was dedicated to the sacrifices our Hispanic-American service members have made and continue to make for our country.
September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, and there certainly is a lot to celebrate. From the renowned art, music and architecture, to the Missions in El Paso and San Antonio, the Hispanic culture and community has left an everlasting impact on our state and nation.
Most students in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas headed out last week with a new outfit, fresh school supplies and a sturdy backpack, ready to start the new school year. Whether they arrived via bus or car-pool, hopefully they came excited and prepared to learn.
The best part of my job is meeting with families across the district. Each town, from San Antonio to El Paso, and every place in between, has their own flavor and charm, not to mention, some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.
To those who are using fear and terror to try and divide our country, I have a message.
You will not win.
When tragedies such as the ones that played out in Dallas and across the country this week happen, the reactions from across the political spectrum are for people to retreat to their corners and pull out their same, tired talking points.
That has to end.
If you have ever tried to get an answer from a federal agency such as the Social Security Administration or Veterans Affairs, you know just how frustrating it can be. Long lines, a maze of auto-responses on the phone, and never-ending red tape often stands between Americans and the benefits they have earned and need.
People in Texas are understandably concerned about Zika and the fever that victims can contract when exposed to the virus. The impact it can have on unborn babies is especially distressing, as it can lead to birth defects that can be physically and cognitively debilitating.