Announcing Recipients of the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texasby Representative Sam Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to honor
fourteen distinguished military veterans, community servants, and
American patriots who call the Third District of Texas home. All
faithfully answered the call of duty and placed service above self for
the sake of our great nation. Each one leaves a legacy to be
remembered, for future generations to follow, a legacy of bravery,
loyalty, dedication, and sacrifice. For their selfless service, bold
leadership, and undying commitment for their neighbor and nation, the
following individual has been selected as a recipient of the third
annual Congressional Veteran Commendation:
Kevin Haines served in the United States Army from 1989 to 1996.
During his ten year military career, he served in the 89th Military
Police Brigade, which supported in wartime and humanitarian services to
numerous U.S. Army missions across the globe. For instance, he deployed
to Iraq when the United States first invaded Kuwait in 1990 and
approximately one year later, deployed to Cuba to help Haitian
refugees. He also deployed to Somalia, and served at Fort Hood for
several years. For his dedication and years of service, Mr. Haines was
awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and
Humanitarian Awards: Southwest Asia Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a
Good Conduct Medal.
After Mr. Haines' military career honorably ended in 1996, he began his fire service career with the City of Temple Fire Rescue. He joined the Plano Fire Department in 1999 where he serves as a Paramedic Trainer and chairs the EMS Vision Committee. He received a Life-Saving Award in 2002 and was also awarded the Paramedic of the Year in 2007. Both in his military and civilian career, Mr. Haines has consistently demonstrated the highest level of service, putting his life on the line to protect our community, our businesses, and our homes.
Kevin Haines, let me both thank and congratulate you on your exceptional service to our country and community both past and present. It is my pleasure to award you the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Third District of Texas.