This November, we recognize the sacrifices made by the families of our men and women in uniform as we observe Military Family Month. As the son of an Air Force veteran, I have seen the many difficulties faced by the selfless families of our military members.
This week, President Trump signed into law two critical pieces of legislation that I supported to protect North Texans and improve the future of all Americans.
This month, I ask you to join me in recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Often times, capable individuals with disabilities who want to work still face many obstacles when looking to join or re-join the workforce.
As the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, I am proud of the strides we have made to better the lives of disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers.
As the father of a son with a pre-existing condition, Down Syndrome, I know firsthand the importance of protecting patients with special medical needs from discrimination. In my healthcare plan, I made sure to preserve patient protections, especially ones to prevent anyone from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions.
As Texans, we see firsthand the stress that the border crisis is placing on our communities. Every day, drugs, gang members, and criminals are allowed to stream across our border undetected, using whatever means necessary to enter our nation, including tunnels, to carry out illicit activities that threaten our families.
Today, September 21st, is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness and support for a cure to this debilitating disease that affects nearly 6 million Americans. I have seen firsthand the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s on not only the sufferer, but their loved ones as well.
Since 1990, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discovered approximately 200 sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels crossing from Mexico directly into the United States. Each of these tunnels provide the opportunity for thousands of pounds of narcotics, like heroin, and dangerous criminals who deal in human trafficking to freely cross our southern border.
Throughout the month of September, we are partnering with various organizations and groups to raise awareness throughout Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide can affect any member of our community, no matter age, race, or gender. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there is one death by suicide every 12 minutes in the United States.