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Operation Lone Star

After a Texas National Guard member died, his family got no financial payment. Lawmakers want to change that.

In April, Bishop Evans drowned after jumping into the Rio Grande to save two migrants being swept away by the current. His family members will receive no financial payment, but they would if he worked for DPS or was under federal deployment.

By James Barragán, The Texas Tribune, and Davis Winkie, Military Times
Jo Ann Johnson sits for a portrait on the bed that once belonged to her grandson, Bishop Evans, in her home in Arlington on Dec. 7, 2022. 22 year-old Bishop Evans, who was serving on the Texas Army National Guard and assigned to work on Operation Lone Star, died after jumping into the Rio Grande to save two migrants. “When they told me why, I understood, because he saw someone who needed help. That was who he was — he helped people.”

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Texas Army National Guard Specialist Bishop E. Evans.

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