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Nov 7, 2019 In The News

Glen Rose resident Melissa Graddick said she knew she’d found her calling in December 2016 after gazing across the grounds of the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park in Virginia.

“I saw these beautiful wreaths sitting on these graves of Civil War soldiers,” Graddick said. “I took a picture and went over and picked one up and the tag on it read Wreaths Across America.”

Before that, Graddick had never heard of the organization.

Nov 5, 2019 In The News

FORT HOOD — The day began with overcast skies, soon followed by a light rain. But by the time the ceremony began, the sun was shining and the U.S. flags at the Nov. 5, 2009, Memorial were flapping in the breeze.

Roughly 200 people had gathered at the memorial: Family members and friends of the 13 who were killed and 31 wounded 10 years ago by ex-Army Maj. Nidal Hasan; survivors, to include the Department of the Army policeman who ended Hasan’s shooting spree; U.S. Congressmen; members of the community; and members of the committee who made the memorial possible.

Oct 31, 2019 In The News

“When our world needed him most, he and his fellow Soldiers answered the call and put their lives on the line in service to the greatest generation,” Congressman Roger Williams, District 25, told the crowd gathered Friday to honor Jose Manzano-Somera.

Manzano-Somera, of Georgetown, was presented with the highest honor bestowed to a civilian – the Congressional Gold Medal, during a ceremony at the West Atrium inside III Corps Headquarters, surrounded by his family and friends.

Oct 29, 2019 Press Release

FORT HOOD, TXCongressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today joined Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Hood to participate in a veterans roundtable and training demonstrations.

Congressman Williams released the following statement:

Oct 25, 2019 Press Release

FORT HOOD, TXCongressman Roger Williams (R-TX-25) today presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II Veteran Jose Monzano Somera at Fort Hood. Mr. Somera served from 1944-1946 with units of the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East against Japanese Imperial Forces, later enlisting in the Philippine Scouts, a regular Army unit, from August 1946 until April 1949.

Congressman Williams released the following statement:

Oct 25, 2019 In The News

FORT HOOD, Texas — As a boy growing up in the Philippines during World War II, Jose Manzano-Somera’s family opened their home to the American soldiers who filled their hometown.

Eventually, Manzano-Somera would join the soldiers as the war ended and serve as part of the New Philippine Scouts of the U.S. Army, a unit that helped track down and eliminate bands of Japanese fighters that refused to surrender.

Jul 22, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Texans,

May 28, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Texans,

I wanted to update you on the work I am doing to provide better care to our veterans in Central Texas. The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation, is growing rapidly and in need of additional resources to meet the needs of our veteran community. 

Feb 5, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), released the following statement Tuesday night following President Trump’s State of the Union Address to the nation:

Jan 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today introduced a House resolution honoring the life and legacy of Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II Veteran and Austin-resident, who passed away at the age of 112 on December 27, 2018.