He earned the reputation as a national champion for America’s troops, veterans, and their families. Edwards represented Ft. Hood Texas through three combat deployments. He served for over 10 years as the Co-Chairman of the House Army Caucus and for four years as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Edwards wrote the Fry Scholarship law, which provides a full GI college scholarship for every child who has lost a parent in military service since September 11, 2001. He also authored the largest increases ever in veterans’ health care funding, appropriations for 6 new military hospitals, funding for new day care facilities for over 20,000 military children, and played a key role in creating the public-private military housing program that is now used for over 90% of all new military family housing.