While politicians of every stripe say they genuinely appreciate our veterans, decisions are often made that create waste and inhibit the actual care that is needed for them. Eighty percent of the US House of Representatives has never served in the military. Of those that have, only a fraction have seen combat.

As a veteran of the US Army Infantry for 21 years and as a veteran of operations in Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, I understand first hand the needs our veterans face. Since leaving the military, I have been a tireless advocate of veterans needs and have lobbied Congress, organized rallies to support our troops, raised money to support our wounded and war widows, and have stumped across the nation to rally the American people to join our vets in restoring this nation.

Oklahoma has a rich tradition of military service. Our people know how to serve one another and our nation. As a veteran myself, I will fight for those that have given so much to secure our liberty. When I served in the Oklahoma senate, I passed the Soldiers Relief Act that exempted all serving military from state income taxes, allowing families to have a little easier burden as they face continued moves, hardships and deployments.

In Congress, I will not only fight to protect those that have given so much, I will do so with a full understanding of the sacrifices they have made.




Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.