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G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM 8 THERE'S A GROWING NUMBER OF POST- 9/11 VETERANS from both sides of the political aisle who are determined to retake Capitol Hill and get things done. Dan Crenshaw is one of them. A 34-year- old former Navy SEAL who deployed overseas five times, Crenshaw emerged from a crowded Republican primary for Texas' 2nd Congressional District, despite being outspent by $6 million by one of the eight other candidates. The victory moved Crenshaw to a run- off election in May, where he won nearly 70 percent of the vote and the Republican nomination. Getting this far took a lot of hard work, long days and late nights. "A lot of people who run for Congress will say it is the hardest thing they've ever done," Crenshaw says. "When you've been through log drills, drown proofing and surf passage, most things are pretty easy. When you've been through operations in al Anbar, Iraq, and Kandahar, Afghanistan, almost everything is easy." Crenshaw was badly wounded in Afghanistan when his interpreter stepped on an IED. The interpreter was killed and Crenshaw lost an eye. He was told he'd probably be blind the rest of his life. "It was a shock. I went from being on patrol in Afghanistan, being a leader of some of the most elite warriors to ever be on the battlefield, to in a hospital not knowing if I would ever see again," he says. "Everything I knew, every professional goal I had, was no longer a viable option." Sheer determination put him back on the team five months later, where he worked in an intelligence role until he medically retired in 2016. In 2017 Crenshaw earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Inspired by the grit and resilience of fellow Houstonians in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, he decided in November 2017 to run for Congress despite having no political experience. "I decided to run for Congress because I wanted to continue my service to the nation and my community. Service was the guide for what I have wanted to do for all of my adult life," he says. "I saw an opportunity to be out front and lead and make a real impact." STORMING THE HILL With Honor PAC provides air support to post-9/11 veterans running for Congress. BY DAN FAZIO "I decided to run for Congress because I wanted to continue my service to the nation and my community. I saw an opportunity to be out front and lead and make a real impact." G.I. JOBS | OCTOBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM

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