Today, U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) announced this year’s recipients of the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation, a unique award given to local veterans.
Rudy G. Cortez of Bryan – U.S. Army; Berlin Conflict
“On Veterans Day, we come together as a nation to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans. In addition to paying tribute to all of our veterans, I am honoring 12 deserving veterans with the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation. I take pride in this tradition that shows our appreciation to local veterans who have served our nation honorably and been great servants to our communities. A true military hero knows that service does not end when you take off the uniform,” Congressman Flores stated.
Flores started awarding local veterans with the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation in 2012 to coincide with Veterans Day. The veterans who receive this commendation are nominated by local constituents in recognition of both their military service and service to their respective communities. As in years past, the 2016 recipients of the TX-17 Congressional Veteran Commendation hail from all over the 17th Congressional District. The recipients served in conflicts spanning over three generations – from World War II, to Vietnam, to Iraq.
“It is important that we recognize the sacrifices our military men and women have made for our freedom and liberties, as well as for our local communities,” Flores added.
2016 TX-17 Congressional Veteran’s Commendation recipients:
Franklin Joe Karasek, Jr. of Caldwell – U.S. Army; Vietnam War
Kenneth Wayne Kidd of Pflugerville – U.S. Air Force; 1976-1988
Frank J. Kocman, Jr. of Bryan – U.S. Army; World War II and Berlin Conflict
J.D. Langley of College Station – U.S. Marine Corps; 1974-1979
James D. McDonald of Bryan – U.S. Army; Vietnam War, Panama, Grenada, Desert Shield and Desert Storm
David P. Marion of College Station – U.S. Army; Vietnam War
Rodulphe L. Peltier of College Station – U.S. Air Force; Gulf War I and II
Jason Paul Rhodes of Milano – U.S. Army; Iraq War
Gary John Urban of Lorena – U.S. Air Force; Vietnam and Desert Storm
James Arthur Wilkinson of Pflugerville – U.S. Army; Vietnam War
Phillip Zendejas of Pflugerville – U.S. Army; 1968-1970
Presentations of the commendations will be announced soon.
Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.