Fiercely Protecting America’s Troops
Ted Cruz has been a fierce advocate of the military, including their ability to recruit and grow their force, and their right to religious expression. Cruz has worked to ensure that members of the Armed Services have all the rights and abilities necessary to keep America free and secure.
- Successfully represented over 3 million veterans before the U.S. Supreme Court in Salazar v. Buono, defending the constitutionality of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, which was erected in 1934 to honor WWI veterans. Along with co-counsel Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute, Cruz represented as amici The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Ex-Prisoners of War. In April 2010, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in favor of the veterans.
- Championed veterans in the Wall Street Journal, explaining the vital issues at stake over preserving the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, and formally petitioned President Obama on behalf of 3 million veterans to restore the monument after it was destroyed.
- Authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 11 states in FAIR v. Rumsfeld successfully defending the constitutionality of the federal Solomon Amendment, which requires universities receiving federal funds to grant U.S. military recruiters equal access to campuses, notwithstanding the universities’ opposition to the military’s policies concerning sexual orientation;
- Authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 12 states in Bunting v. Mellen, urging the Supreme Court to hear the case and reverse a decision of the Fourth Circuit striking down the daily suppertime prayer for cadets at Virginia Military Institute.