H.R. No. 937
         WHEREAS, Dr. Ray Eric Santos of Clear Lake has served our
  nation with great distinction as a member of the United States Navy
  and Navy Reserve, and he contributes significantly to his community
  as a medical practitioner; and
         WHEREAS, A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Santos
  graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  School of Medicine in 1986 and completed an orthopedic residency
  program at The University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals in
  1991; he went on to participate in a one-year fellowship in spine
  surgery in San Antonio and joined the National Naval Medical Center
  in Bethesda, Maryland, on active duty as chief of spine surgery; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Santos transferred to the navy reserve in 1995
  and became an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at The
  University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; for three years,
  he served with the 4th Air Naval Gunfire and Liaison Company of the
  U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he
  completed airborne training and graduated with distinction from the
  navy's diving medical officer course; and
         WHEREAS, In 1998, Dr. Santos established a private practice
  in Clear Lake, but he continued to play a vital role in the reserve;
  he was the undersea medical officer for NR Naval Special Warfare
  Unit Two, based in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and subsequently the
  battalion surgeon for the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion of the
  marine corps in San Antonio; and
         WHEREAS, Operation Iraqi Freedom occasioned a recall to
  active duty in February 2003, and Dr. Santos deployed to Iraq as
  battalion surgeon for the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, which
  participated in combat operations as part of the 1st Marine
  Expeditionary Force; he resumed his practice the following
  September and continued to serve in the navy reserve as the
  battalion surgeon for the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion and for the
  4th Amphibious Assault Battalion of the marine corps in Tampa; and
         WHEREAS, In October 2010, while assigned to the 1st
  Battalion, 23rd Marines, as the battalion surgeon and officer in
  charge of the naval detachment, Dr. Santos was again recalled to
  active duty; he deployed for seven months to Helmand Province in
  Afghanistan, where his battalion was involved in combat operations
  in support of Operation Enduring Freedom under Regional Command
  Southwest, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force; Dr. Santos coordinated
  the medical care for more than 800 marines and sailors and was
  involved in supporting medical care throughout the Task Force
  Belleau Wood area of operations; and
         WHEREAS, During his tour of duty in Afghanistan, this
  courageous Texan participated in more than 20 classified missions
  in remote locations; once, when a Marine in his convoy was
  critically injured by an improvised explosive device, Dr. Santos
  left his own vehicle and bravely crossed over 50 meters of terrain
  not yet cleared of secondary IEDs in order to perform lifesaving
  field surgery; he further advanced American goals by helping to
  improve relations with local Afghans, who were grateful for the
  skilled treatment he provided to the ailing granddaughter of an
  influential village elder; and
         WHEREAS, For his meritorious achievements in Afghanistan,
  Dr. Santos was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal; his numerous
  decorations also include the Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action
  Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, three Navy Meritorious Unit
  Commendations, and two National Defense Service Medals; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Ray Santos has set an inspiring example for
  others through his selfless devotion to his country and to the
  highest ideals of the medical profession, and it is indeed fitting
  that he be recognized at this time; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Dr. Ray Eric Santos for his exceptional
  service to the United States Navy and Navy Reserve and commend him
  for his professional contributions to his community; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Dr. Santos as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.
  Bonnen of Galveston
Straus M. Gonzalez of El Paso Oliveira
Allen N. Gonzalez of El Paso Orr
Alonzo Gooden Otto
Alvarado Guerra Paddie
Anchia Guillen Parker
Anderson Gutierrez Patrick
Ashby Harless Perez
Aycock Harper-Brown Perry
Bell Hernandez Luna Phillips
Bohac Herrero Pickett
Bonnen of Brazoria Hilderbran Pitts
Bonnen of Galveston Howard Price
Branch Huberty Raney
Burkett Hughes Ratliff
Burnam Hunter Raymond
Button Isaac Reynolds
Callegari Johnson Riddle
Canales Kacal Ritter
Capriglione Keffer Rodriguez of Bexar
Carter King of Hemphill Rodriguez of Travis
Clardy King of Parker Rose
Coleman King of Taylor Sanford
Collier King of Zavala Schaefer
Cook Kleinschmidt Sheets
Cortez Klick Sheffield of Bell
Craddick Kolkhorst Sheffield of Coryell
Creighton Krause Simmons
Crownover Kuempel Simpson
Dale Larson Smith
Darby Laubenberg Smithee
Davis of Dallas Lavender Springer
J. Davis of Harris Leach Stephenson
S. Davis of Harris Lewis Stickland
Deshotel Longoria Strama
Dukes Lozano Taylor
Dutton Lucio III Thompson of Brazoria
Eiland Marquez Thompson of Harris
Elkins Martinez Toth
Fallon Martinez Fischer Turner of Collin
Farias McClendon Turner of Harris
Farney Menendez Turner of Tarrant
Farrar Miles Villalba
Fletcher Miller of Comal Villarreal
Flynn Miller of Fort Bend Vo
Frank Moody Walle
Frullo Morrison White
Geren Munoz, Jr. Workman
Giddings Murphy Wu
Goldman Naishtat Zedler
Gonzales Nevarez Zerwas
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 937 was adopted by the House on March
  27, 2013, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House