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Sen. Cruz in Corpus Christi: We Must Take Care of Our Nation's Veterans

Meets with base leaders at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and holds roundtable with veterans

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today met with military leaders at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) for a briefing on the base’s goals and long-term needs. Sen. Cruz also toured the installation, observing the training facilities and equipment used by U.S. Navy pilots. 

After his briefing and tour of NASCC, Sen. Cruz met Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez for lunch to discuss the community’s economy and opportunities for job creation.

Later in the day, Sen. Cruz held a roundtable discussion with local military veterans and veteran community leaders at the Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority, where they discussed a vast array of issues facing veterans every day, including access to quality and timely health care. 

“In Texas, we’re blessed with a strong military and veteran presence,” Sen. Cruz said. “We are a state that reveres our veterans, and Corpus Christi is a community that has a long and storied military history. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi has trained our nation’s finest pilots and provided for our defense for 75 years, and Texas’ 1.7 million veterans have risked everything to keep us safe. Unfortunately, our veterans struggle with the VA on a daily basis. The VA’s mismanagement, extended wait times, and bogus bookkeeping are disgraceful. I remain committed to empowering veterans to choose their own doctor and am confident that by working together we can craft bold and innovative solutions that provide veterans with the quality care that they deserve.”

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is home to Chief of Naval Air Training, Training Air Wing FOUR, the Corpus Christi Army Depot, and dozens of other tenants. The base, which has trained thousands of U.S. Navy pilots, employs nearly 13,000 people and contributed over $2 billion to Texas’ economy in 2015. Still photos of that tour and briefing are available for download here. Photos of Sen. Cruz’s roundtable with veterans may be downloaded here.


[PHOTO: Sen. Cruz tours Naval Air Station Corpus Christi with base leaders. Office of Sen. Ted Cruz. 08/25/2016.]


[PHOTO: Sen. Cruz hears from military veterans during roundtable discussion at Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority. Office of Sen. Ted Cruz. 08/25/2016.]



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