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Flores Honors Local Veterans with Unique Award on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) announced the veterans who will be recognized and honored with the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation.

“Every day, our nation’s service members continue to do whatever their country asks of them, enduring hardships that few of us could fathom,” Congressman Flores said. “It is fitting to make this announcement on Veterans Day, as we honor those brave men and women from every generation who have risked their lives in service to our nation and pay tribute to their dedication to America.“

This is the second year that Congressman Flores’ has recognized local veterans with the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation. This unique award recognizes distinguished veterans of the 17th Congressional District. The recipients were nominated by constituents of District 17 and are persons who have served our nation honorably during their military careers and subsequently demonstrated selfless dedication to their respective communities.

“I am delighted to recognize these veterans and it is a great honor to present these awards to such deserving and exemplary individuals,” Flores said. “I am very grateful for the way these veterans have admirably served both their country and their respective communities.“

2013 TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation recipients:
Dr. Mike O’Bric of Woodway – Korean War veteran
Robert Lee Middleton of College Station – Korean War veteran
Bill J. Youngkin of Bryan – Vietnam War veteran
Henry Gonzales of Lorena – Vietnam War veteran
Manuel Sustaita of Waco – Vietnam War veteran
Louis M. Newman III of College Station – Vietnam War veteran
Robert “Popeye” Carter of Waco – First Gulf War veteran
Larry Bethea Jr. of Waco – First Gulf War veteran
Richard C. Hamblet of Pflugerville – First Gulf War veteran
Geraldine May Hince of Bryan – Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, and the First Gulf War veteran
Roy May, Jr. of College Station – Iraq War veteran

The recipients from Pflugerville and Bryan/College Station area will be presented their awards during those communities’ ceremonies on Veterans Day, while the Waco area recipients will be presented their awards at a date in the near future.

Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.