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G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM 12 12 as being to the left of Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders. With Honor ran ads on TV, radio and in the mail that did a great job getting the truth out in a positive manner that helped us win almost 70-30 on election night." RETAKING THE HILL The resurgence of veterans taking a run at Congress comes at a time when the number of veterans in Congress nears a historic low. Only 18 percent of the 115th Congress once wore the uniform, compared to 64 percent in 1981 and 73 percent in 1971. About 400 veterans ran for Congress in the primaries, including more than 200 who served after Sept. 11, 2001. With Honor endorsed 33 candidates for the 2018 midterm elections this fall – 14 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Candidates were chosen based on their leadership history and their commitment to the With Honor pledge, Barcott says. Priority was given to candidates with early primaries. BREAKING DOWN DOORS Those endorsements include MJ Hegar , who earned a Purple Heart during one of three deployments to Afghanistan. The Air Force combat search-and-rescue pilot was wounded when a round peppered her right arm and leg with shrapnel and glass during a mission in 2009. Her damaged aircraft crashed a few miles away. When Army helicopters rescued Hegar and her crew, she strapped herself to the skids and returned fire on the Taliban as they flew to safety. Hegar became the second woman ever awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. Unable to fly because of her injuries, Hegar was barred from her next career choice because she was a woman. She separated in 2012, worked in health care and business, got married and started a family. Hegar's inability to serve in a ground combat role because of her gender didn't sit well for a woman used to breaking down barriers. She sued the Pentagon and lobbied Congress to eliminate the ground combat exclusion rule for women. The ban was lifted in 2013. "I was able to gather bipartisan support for something that would strengthen our nation, and I was struck by how few people in Washington can do that," Hegar said. "We need new blood in Congress, fresh ideas, and new leadership." She says her children inspired her to seek the Democratic nomination for Texas' 31st Congressional District. She earned the nomination and an endorsement from With Honor. "I think that military leaders have a huge advantage in that we have experience working with people with whom we disagree in order to accomplish the mission," Hegar says. "We are used to putting the good of the country ahead of our own gain, and the significant challenges I faced in training, in Afghanistan, and in my day-to-day dealings with institutionalized discrimination have given me a skill set and a confidence that makes it difficult to rattle or intimidate me." Dan Crenshaw's campaign for U.S. Congress took him to Kingwood, Texas where supporters braved the rain and joined Crenshaw for the local Fourth of July Parade. Here they won the "Most Patriotic Float" award. Photos courtesy crenshawforcongress.com There are 96 veterans in the 115th Congress (18 percent). There were 30 post-9/11 veterans in Congress following the 2016 elections. DID YOU KNOW? 18% G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 You Can Vote From Anywhere For information on voting while serving in the military, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website at fvap.gov

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