Annual Veterans Day
Time: 11:00am Social / 12:00 pm Speaker Location: River Plantation Country Club
Guest Speaker: Lt. Col Brian Birdwell
On September 11, 2000, Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell was serving on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon as the military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed just yards away from his second floor office. Lt. Col. Birdwell was critically wounded and severely burned. Today, following 39 operations, months of hospitalization and numerous skin graphs, he has made a miraculous recovery.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a native Texan, decorated military veteran and lifelong conservative Republican representing Texas Senate District 22, currently residing in Granbury, Brian is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree.In 1984, Brian was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. In 1990, he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Exceptional Meritorious Achievement. On September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed just yards away from his second floor Pentagon office, Brian was critically wounded and severely burned. Following 39 operations, months of hospitalization and numerous skin grafts, Brian has made a miraculous recovery. Despite physical limitations, he testifies not only to his physical healing, but the ultimate miracle of grace through Christ. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received that day. Upon retirement in July 2004, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.After his retirement from the Army, Brian and his wife, Mel, launched Face the Fire Ministries, a non-profit organization that supports critical burn survivors and wounded servicemen and women and their families. Together, Brian and Mel authored Refined by Fire: A Family's Triumph of Love and Faith, which chronicles their life-changing ordeal.In June 2010, Brian won a special election to the Texas State Senate. Five months later, he was re-elected to serve a full four-year term. After the decennial redistricting process in 2012, Brian was again re-elected to serve a full term expiring in January 2017. In his first three legislative sessions (2011, 2013 and 2015) Brian consistently received critical acclaim and top ratings from numerous pro-life, pro-business and conservative organizations, including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas State Rifle Association/National Rifle Association, Texas Association of Business, Young Conservatives of Texas, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Right to Life, Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Women for America, Texas Heritage Alliance and Texas Conservative Coalition, among others.
Lunch - $15 cash or check made payable to RPCC. Cash Wine Bar - $5
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