The guest speaker at Wednesday’s Harker Heights Lions Club meeting was Louie Minor, the Democratic candidate for U.S House District 31. He is running against six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock.
He talked about public service, his family background and how the Lions Club provided for his family.
As a child, Minor had serious sight problems that plagued him even into his time in the military. “While I was a kid in school, the nurse told me I needed glasses,” he said.
Minor’s family was a poor family and could not afford them.
He asked his mother recently if she remembered the Lions Club helping him get glasses.
“It was the Lions Club in Belton that helped me get a pair of glasses so I could be successful in school,” he said.
Minor is now a captain in the Army Reserve, and an Iraq war veteran. Following his military service, he worked in the Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He first reflected about dreams that didn’t work out for him in his post high-school days. After working for Wilsonart for three years, he began seeking a plan to become a police officer. He received an associate’s degree to prepare him for that role only to be turned down. He also wanted to become a commissioned officer in the Texas National Guard, but was told he needed to go through ROTC to complete his degree. Minor completed his degree and did an active year in the National Guard in Austin and then deployed to Baghdad for 14 months.