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:
Justin Arsenault served in the United States Army from 2003 to 2006.
After enlisting, he served one tour of duty in Iraq from 2005 to 2006.
During his tour, Mr. Arsenault was his unit's primary pilot for the
Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle where he was to utilize the Raven to
clear supply routes. During one particular mission, he used the Raven
to maintain an aerial perimeter for troops whose vehicle had been
disabled by a roadside explosive device. He continued to monitor the
area for enemy combatants until ground support could reach the disabled
troops and escort them to safety. For his acts of bravery and courage
during this mission, Mr. Arsenault received a second Army Commendation
Since returning home, Mr. Arsenault has continued to faithfully uphold his calling to defend, protect, and serve his fellow Americans across the community. In 2007, he began his service as a police officer in Allen, Texas where he currently serves as a Field Training Officer. If all of that is not enough, off duty he volunteers his time for the Carry the Load campaign, which is held over Memorial Day weekend every year. To him, Memorial Day ought to be more than cookouts and retail [[Page E1885]] sales events, but a day to remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice given by members of our Armed Forces. This is a man who truly embodies the spirit of America.
Justin Arsenault, 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.