The Houston space congressional candidate was discharged from the navy due to a drunken combat in 2006
A Democratic candidate who campaigned for a seat in the Houston area because of his military experience was kicked out of the Air Force because of a drunken argument with a colleague.
Candidate Matt Berg split from the Air Force in 2009, three years after facing a court martial on the battle. Now, Berg hopes voters will forgive him for the incident and consider the life he has since led to set a record for community service in the Houston area.
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“I was faced with a choice: I could either have pityed myself for the rest of my life or did something,” Berg said in an interview.
Berg is running for the 22nd District of Texas currently held by US Representative Troy Nehls, R-Richmond. The seat was a national Democratic goal during the last electoral cycle, and Nehls, the former Fort Bend County sheriff, defeated Democratic candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni by 7 percentage points, while Donald Trump put forward the district by less than one point.
Congressional candidate Matt Berg is running in the 22nd District of Texas. Credit: Social Media
While it remains to be seen how competitive the district will be after the congressional cards were redrawn during the redistribution this fall, Berg is the only Democratic candidate to emerge so far. He raised a respectable $ 100,000 in the second quarter.
A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Berg served in the service department for 12 years, including serving as a captain in West Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Tennessee and Guam. He received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his work repairing B-52s used by the Marines in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.
The fight occurred in March 2006 while Berg was stationed at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. Berg said he was at a party with his troops one night and “drank too much”. At the time he was having problems with his wife, and one of the soldiers commented on his marital problems. Berg said he did not remember what was said, but it shook him and the two got into an argument. They were eventually disbanded, but Berg overthrew the guy again.
“They couldn’t control me,” said Berg.
Berg was charged with assault and improper conduct by an officer, he said, and seven months later he was on trial at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. He was convicted and, after a long automatic appeal process, which he lost, he was discharged from the military in April 2009.
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Berg said he sought professional help with anger management and his alcohol use and found that he was not an alcoholic but a binge drinker. He said he drastically reduced his alcohol consumption.
Berg said he also learned he was depressed and has been taking antidepressants ever since.
Now, Berg, who lives in Missouri City with his wife and four children, lives on his military experience as part of his “lifelong dedication to the civil service.” Its platform includes supporting veterans as well as improving infrastructure and expanding health care.
Berg was a staunch critic of Nehls, criticizing him for being loyal to former President Donald Trump and unwilling to work with President Joe Biden.
Nehls’ campaign declined to comment on the story.
Berg said he was proud of his service to his community in the years following the incident. He was a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in Fort Bend County and is currently training in the Fort Bend Youth Football League. He attends Houston’s First Baptist Church in Missouri City, where he is a member of the weekly Bible study and two worship groups.
“I made a mistake and admitted it,” said Berg. “I have no dislike for the military or my country. You did what I deserved. And I’ve recovered, and I’ve recovered through my faith, my family, and my community. “
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