Brad Wenstrup is a veteran, doctor, and member of Congress. Wenstrup serves as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and as a member of the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Affairs. Wenstrup joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1998, attaining the rank of colonel. In 2005-06, Wenstrup served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon with the 344th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. Wenstrup was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge. Wenstrup’s experience as combat surgeon came in handy this past year as he twice responded to tragic events. In June of 2017, fellow Representative Steve Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional softball game and Wenstrup rushed to aid him on the field. Scalise claims that Wenstrup saved his life that day. Again in February 2018, Wenstrup found himself in an unforeseeable emergency and, without hesitation, jumped in to help. An Amtrak passenger train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The victim Wenstrup tended to was bleeding from his nose and around his mouth. Wenstrup aided by maintaining his airways and making sure he was breathing.
In 2008, then-Col. Don Bacon took charge of his new command, Ramstein Air Base, to find it beset by allegations of sexual assault. Acting swiftly, Bacon decided transparency would be the best deterrent. Every willing survivor would have his or her day in court and each convicted perpetrator’s name and the sentence would be publicized. After retiring from the Air Force in 2015, the voters of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional district elected Bacon to represent them in the House of Representative in 2016. Continuing his efforts to create quality in the workplace, Bacon co-sponsored the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act. It prohibits the future use of taxpayer dollars to pay sexual harassment and sexual assault claims against members of Congress and staff.