WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas takes pride in
  recognizing Master Sergeant Richard Ruffert on the occasion of
  Wounded Warrior Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Sergeant Ruffert is a retired disabled combat
  veteran who served his country with distinction for over 22 years
  in the United States Army; and
         WHEREAS, He is now a peer mentor for other veterans, both
  statewide and nationwide, and he is working on a master of
  divinity degree at Texas Christian University; and
         WHEREAS, A native of Indiana, Richard enlisted in the army
  in 1982 and went on to serve in leadership positions from squad
  leader to first sergeant throughout the United States and
  overseas; his service around the world included postings in Saudi
  Arabia, Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan; and
         WHEREAS, A highly decorated soldier, Sergeant Ruffert
  received numerous awards for his outstanding service, including
  the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, which he was awarded
  twice; and
         WHEREAS, Wounded Warrior Day at the State Capitol is an
  opportunity to pay tribute to Sergeant Ruffert for the valor and
  dedication to duty he exhibited while serving his country and to
  extend to him deepest gratitude for his steadfast patriotism;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby commend Master Sergeant Richard Ruffert on
  his outstanding service in the United States Army and on his many
  sacrifices on behalf of his nation; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
Birdwell Hegar Seliger
Carona Hinojosa Shapiro
Deuell Huffman Uresti
Duncan Jackson Van de Putte
Ellis Lucio Watson
Eltife Nelson Wentworth
Estes Nichols West
Fraser Ogden Whitmire
Gallegos Patrick Williams
Harris Rodriguez Zaffirini
  Dewhurst, President of the Senate
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on January 24, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate