Between sequestration, backlogs and wait lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and the delicate balance of defense spending and national security, Congress has some difficult votes ahead with lasting consequences on Central Texas.

The declining number of veterans in Congress could impact these decisions and many more in the future. Nearly 20 percent of congressional members are veterans — the lowest percentage since it peaked in 1977 when 80 percent of Congress had military experience, according to data compiled by the Air Force Sergeants Association.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

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The voters do not care about veterans especially in Bell County. Why else have they not demanded a veterans court or a state mandated veterans service office from Bell County? It's not a lack of veterans as representatives that is the problem; it's the fact that nobody cares. This paper nor Temple, to my knowledge, has even run a story about how Bell County has been violating the law by not having a veterans service officer.

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