Local Veteran Sides with Most Conservative State Rep. on HD2 Race, and Reveals Why
Former US Army Captain and Edom Veterinarian, Dwayne “Doc” Collins has drawn his line in the sand, and he explains why he did so in the letter below, which he emailed to friends two days ago. This letter is published with his permission.
When we discuss the facts of how Rep. Dan Flynn has lost his conservative values we are accused of character assassination. I am going to lay out the facts, and you decide.
I am an Army veteran and like most vets, I am proud to have served. No, I did not go to a war zone during my tenure of service, as did so many during the Viet Nam war. I stayed stateside overseeing multi-million dollar food supply contracts for our armed forces. I also had other duties, the worst of which was the assignment as Notification Officer for the next of kin. To be the person who informed a wife or father and mother that their loved one had been killed in action was gut wrenching. That has been the most difficult task I have ever incurred. As a result, I feel woefully inadequate to equate myself with my fellow veterans who have been deployed to a war zone. That feeling has caused me to never, nor will I ever seek any veteran’s benefits.
In this last 85th legislative session Dan Flynn introduced HB 206, a bill that would have allowed members of the Texas State Guard (who had no military or combat experience) to access veteran benefits. Dan Flynn, as well as his chief of staff, David Erinakes, are members of the State Guard. When the bill reached the floor, a bipartisan coalition of veterans, led by Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who was a double recipient of the Purple Heart, came together to oppose it. The bill was killed by a vote of 112 to 14 which made it the largest margin of defeat of any bill during the 85th legislative session.
Do not confuse the Texas State Guard with the Texas Army or Air Force National Guards. Those individuals are deployed many times to assist in disasters and to war zones; not the Texas State Guard. Our local Volunteer Fire Department’s personnel are trained and put themselves in harms way many more times than the Texas State Guard. I cannot imagine why someone would even consider such a bill that would take funds from those who have truly served our country.
The attached picture is of Rep. Briscoe Cain who has endorsed Bryan Slayton to replace Dan Flynn. He to has something to say about Dan Flynn not wanting to honor our military heroes. Check out this link: this video.
Former Captain US Army