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From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2002
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Texas Veterans Commission Honors Senator Troy Fraser

By Senator Troy Fraser

AUSTIN -- The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has presented state Senator Troy Fraser with its "Commission Appreciation Award" for his continued support of the state agency and military veterans throughout Texas.

Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, accepted the award from TVC Chairman Jim Duncan at a recent training conference, conducted in Fredericksburg, for county veteran service officers.

Duncan said Fraser, a member of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee during the past two legislative sessions, played a key role in helping to protect the TVC's appropriation levels and has been active legislatively on veterans issues for many years.

Fraser, also a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, has been a strong advocate of veterans and their issues since his election to the Texas Senate in 1996.

"I came here today for the same reason as all of you: I care about our veterans. I care about helping the men and women who defended our nation so that all Americans can enjoy the freedoms of living here," Fraser said.

Fraser said he was honored to accept the award, and looks forward to continuing his close relationship with the TVC.

Veterans and active military are a key part of the 21-county district that Fraser represents in the Texas Senate.

"More than 56,000 veterans live in my district, and I believe they deserve a strong voice in Austin," Fraser said.

Senate District 24 also includes Fort Hood, near Killeen, as well as Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. Fort Hood is headquarters to the U.S. Army's III Corps, and both the 1st Cavalry and 4th Infantry divisions. Dyess AFB is the home of the B-1 bomber.

Also attending the conference were Sue Turner, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission board, and Jim Nier, the commission's executive director. The TVC is mandated to provide training to county veteran officers to help them assist veterans with service-related disability benefits.

Fraser noted that he was glad to be invited to Fredericksburg for the conference because it will soon be in his Senate district.

"The truth is, I'm always looking for a reason to come to Fredericksburg -- and it's taken on even greater importance since this city and all of Gillespie County will officially become part of my Senate district in January," Fraser said.

While in Fredericksburg, Fraser also toured the Nimitz Museum and visited with its local supporters.

Fraser, during his first term in the Senate, co-authored legislation that authorized the state to build the first four veterans homes in Texas since the end of the Civil War. All are now operational.

In addition, he has been active in working with the Texas Veterans Land Board in helping to identify and build support for funding for the construction of new state cemeteries for veterans.

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