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Congressional Veteran Commendation Program

About the Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC)

The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of residents of the 31st Congressional District of Texas. Honorees are exceptional Americans in every way. Use this 2022 CVC Nomination Form to apply! The 2022 CVC honorees will be recognized by Congressman John Carter at a date to be determined later this year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Veteran must currently reside in the 31st Congressional District of Texas. To verify, please visit and enter the veteran’s ZIP code in the “Find Your Representative" box.
  • Veteran was active duty in the United States armed forces or was a reservist called to active duty.
  • Veteran retired from the United States armed forces or was honorably discharged.

Nomination Instructions

Please send the following items, in one cohesive package, to 1717 North IH-35, Suite 303, Round Rock, Texas, 78664 by Aug. 2, 2022:

  • This nomination form, completed in its entirety.  
  • A 1–2 page letter, addressed to Congressman John Carter, which details why you believe the nominee should receive the 31st District’s Congressional Veteran Commendation. The letter should contain as much information as possible about the veteran’s heroism while in the military and community involvement thereafter.
  • A current photo of the veteran
  • DD-214
  • Copies of photos, military records, news clippings and other two-dimensional memorabilia that help you to tell the story of the veteran’s military and community service. These items are considered supplemental and are not required; should you choose to submit them, do not submit originals. Please limit your nomination packet to three 8.5" x 11” pages of supplemental materials.

Congressman Carter Awarding Veterans

2021 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

David Lee Maserang

Ken Cates

Theodore 'Ted' Acheson

Jim Yeonopolus 

Joseph F. Kiefer, Jr. 

Richard Archer

Rodney Wayne Gilchrist

Gene Worley Davenport

John E. Byrne, Jr.

Jason Shaw

2020 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Charles L. Baker, U.S. Air Force (Georgetown)

Denise R. White, U.S. Coast Guard (Georgetown)

Terry L. Craig, U.S. Army (Cedar Park)

Mary Lopez-Dale, U.S. Army (Cedar Park)

Manuel Reyes, U.S. Army (Round Rock)

Wayne Hall, U.S. Army (Round Rock)

Stephanie Stoebe, U.S. Army (Round Rock)

Dan West, U.S. Marine Corps (Hutto)

Gilbert Vickers, U.S. Navy (Liberty Hill)

Jon H. Burrows, U.S. Air Force (Temple)

Edward Thomas Whittle, U.S. Army (Temple)

John D. Footman, U.S. Army (Harker Heights)

William “Bill” Shine, U.S. Army (Harker Heights)

Jim Kilpatrick, U.S. Army (Killeen)

Earl Williams, U.S. Army (Nolanville)

Jim Reed, U.S. Army (Salado)

Garland Haynes, U.S. Army (Killeen)

2019 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Walter Brown - U.S. Army

Tony Dale - U.S. Army

Daniel Elswick - U.S. Army

K.C. Hawkins - U.S. Army

Edward LeBlanc - U.S. Army

John T. Potts, Jr. - U.S. Air Force

Hugh D. Shine - U.S. Army

William Simmons - U.S. Army

Anthony J. Skubi III - U.S. Army

John M.Sykes, Jr. - U.S. Army

Harlan E. "Rip" VanWinkle - U.S. Army

2018 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Cynthia E. Davis - U.S. Navy     

Adrienne Evans-Quickley - U.S. Army

Bill Dean - U.S. Army      

Jackeline Fountain - U.S. Army  

Terry Fountain - U.S. Army         

Gonzalo Garza - U.S. Marine Corps           

Jerry L. Kovar - U.S.Marine Corps            

Martin Palmer - U.S. Army Reserve       

W.C. "Pat" Patterson - U.S. Army               

Julian A. Roadman - US Army Air Corps  

William Simmons - U.S. Army

2017 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Pete Aranda, Jr. - U.S. Army      

Skip Blancett - U.S. Navy              

Larry Bush - U.S. Marine Corps   

Pat Christ - U.S. Army     

Dennis DeWine - U.S. Army        

Phillip  Duprey - U.S. Army         

James W. Harrell - U.S. Marine Corps

Rufus Honeycutt - U.S. Marine Corps

Barry Richard - U.S. Air Force

Gery Brent Truitt - U.S. Army      

Raul G. Villaronga - U.S. Army  

Will Williams - U.S. Army             

2016 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Troy R. Cole, Sr. - U.S. Navy       

Roberto Vasquez - U.S. Marine Corps

GeorgeWhite - U.S. Army           

Robert Halverson - U.S. Army    

Donald Schliesser - U.S. Army    

Otis Evans - U.S.Army              

Pete Taylor - U.S. Army            

Elijah King, Jr.- U.S. Army        

Shirley Stephenson - U.S. Women's Army Corps               

Frank Thompson - U.S. Army   

2015 TX-31 Congressional Veteran Commendation Award Recipients

Albert Campbell - U.S. Army     

Richard Hernandez Sr. - U.S. Army           

Roosevelt Huggins - U.S. Army 

Eula Mae Jett - U.S. Army

Jerri Lynn Jones - U.S. Marine Corps

Guadalupe Lopez - U.S. Army     

Frank Minosky - U.S. Army

Robert Shoemaker - U.S. Army 

Major Stewart - U.S. Air Force

Jim Torres - U.S. Air Force            

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