Today we salute our veterans. As a Vietnam veteran for the U.S. Marine Corps, I understand the difficult sacrifices that our veterans and their military families endure on a daily basis.
Our veterans — the brave men and women who have worn the American military uniform — are our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, neighbors and friends. They courageously answered the call to serve our country, and many died fighting for our freedom.
Both on and off of the battlefield our veterans have protected our liberty and way of life. Their commitment to our great republic has taken our veterans across the globe to places like Europe, the Pacific, Southeast Asia and, most recently, the Middle East.
The men and women of our armed forces serve all Americans — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals. The American soldier is not partisan, but a patriot. The focus and spirit required of the infantrymen, sailors, marines and airmen of this country leaves no room for shifting ideologies.
During their service, our veterans stood together ready to fight and die for our country and for their fellow countrymen. Despite different races, religions, backgrounds, cultures and states of residence, veterans are all the same. The diversity of our military represents what makes our country a great nation.
Today we salute all of our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for us, whether it was at home or abroad. Today we honor you, the American soldier, and we recognize your commitment and your selfless service. We are grateful to you for defending our country, our freedoms, and our families.
As your state senator, I am committed to continuing to fight for policies and funding to get our veterans the care, the benefits and the opportunities that they have earned.
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen
Trump defenders must respect fate
It seems the president’s base are very happy with the very few accomplishments he’s done in his tenure. They are willing to forgive the lawless behavior that brought him to the point of impeachment.
The defiance toward the Congress, which is following its constitutional duty to defend the American people, seems endless as he obstructs all attempts to bring his people to testify. It would have any Democrat president already out of the presidency.
But this president has the ability to defy, and just maybe in the end he will be impeached with even the Republican-led Senate turning against him.
We must remember all politicians are there for their own gain. If they see the scale leaning toward getting the president out, they will go against him in the end.
We need to realize that Mr. Trump rode into the presidency with president Obama’s already forward-moving economy. Oh yes, and Mr. Trump’s tax relief act is already negatively affecting everyone, including veterans.
His tariffs have affected all the working class by a negative $800 a year. If that does not deter his base, I think they will never believe his lawlessness.
Compared to the Nixon and Clinton administrations that were brought to impeachment for far less serious crimes, Nixon’s cover-up and Clinton’s lie under oath, this president’s actions will likely end his presidency.
Therefore, if his base supporters are content with his defiance of the Congress’ duties, the end result may just be that they have to respect what comes of the process. But will they?