Navy SEAL Republican congressman on how he has taken battlefield tactics into Congress


Republican Rep. Morgan Luttrell says the lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL have translated into how he leads in Congress, with hard work and true grit.

During an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com on the 79th anniversary of D-Day, the Texas freshman congressman said that seeking higher office was ‘never on the agenda,’ but God has a plan for everyone.

He said the shared experience he and his twin brother Marcus, who he talks to ‘every day’ and who also served as a SEAL, had being raised on a horse ranch in the country taught them both from an early age that ‘hard work determination, integrity, character and tact’ were important to become men. 

The boys were up before the sun came up to feed and water the horses and they were the last to fall asleep. He said they were also influenced to join the military by having family members serve in almost every war the U.S. has ever engaged in. 

‘So I wouldn’t say it was almost inevitable that my brother and I were going to join the military and become SEALs. It’s just that we knew we were going to serve.’

His twin brother Marcus Luttrell is the ‘Lone Survivor’ whose harrowing experience during a 2005 mission in Afghanistan where he emerged as the only survivor was featured in an infamous film staring Mark Wahlberg.

Rep. Morgan Luttrell and his twin brother Marcus Luttrell, also known as the 'Lone Survivor'

Rep. Morgan Luttrell and his twin brother Marcus Luttrell, also known as the ‘Lone Survivor’

However, Morgan said he’s never read his brother’s book or seen the movie about the tragic mission to kill a top Taliban leader. 

‘I sat right next to my brother when he got back. So I got I got the unfiltered version of it,’ he told DailyMail.com. 

Luttrell told DailyMail.com that he doesn’t have any SEAL memorabilia in his home and isn’t pushing military service on his own sons, but he would be fortunate if they do join. 

He said the military was an ‘amazing experience’ that shaped him into ‘a stronger, more disciplined, driven individual.’

‘The military did so much for me, and I knew going in the risks. I did, and I was mentally prepared for that.’

‘I’m the first congressional member from my hometown. You know, and I can assure you when I was growing up, I was not the kid they were pointing at. And I got all of that from the military, every single bit of it.’

Luttrell, who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) himself, has been vocal on the need for better access to mental health services for veterans of all wars.

He said the transition from the fast tempo of the SEAL team to normal life in the U.S. was difficult to adjust to at first.

Luttrell said going right back into grad school which kept his attention helped, but it took about five years until he was able to fully ‘turn the page’ and started the realize that ‘I don’t have to be that man anymore.’

‘And it really allowed me to dump my rucksack and move forward which was which was great,’ he told DailyMail.com after serving for 14 years.

Luttrell went on to study TBIs so that he could help his fellow brothers and sisters, which he calls a personal ‘passion.’ 

The Texas freshman congressman told DailyMail.com when he speaks with World War II veterans, he just listens.

‘We don’t compare stories because it’s completely different – that war, that invasion,’ he said, most significantly because WWII soldiers would deploy for years at a time. 

He said there are similarities when you ‘peel back the onion far enough’ because ultimately ‘combat is combat once you encode certain things.’

Luttrell says he watches ‘Saving Private Ryan’ every year on June 6 to mark the the anniversary of D-Day, which he says one veteran told him is the most accurate portrayal of the invasion except for the ‘smell,’ which is ‘where it sticks.’

As for the military’s focus on promoting ‘woke’ issues to the detriment of military readiness, Luttrell says it is ‘frustrating,’ but is not negatively impacting the lethality of the forces.

‘I don’t think drag shows that all that nonsense should be a priority of military,’ he stated. 

Rep. Morgan Luttrell is a former Navy SEAL who represents a district on the eastern side of Texas

Rep. Morgan Luttrell is a former Navy SEAL who represents a district on the eastern side of Texas

'You cut our Marines loose, they conquer the world. I guarantee it. And I'm Navy guy saying that,' said Luttrell

‘You cut our Marines loose, they conquer the world. I guarantee it. And I’m Navy guy saying that,’ said Luttrell

Luttrell served in the military for 14 years before he went to grad school to study TBIs

Luttrell served in the military for 14 years before he went to grad school to study TBIs

Luttrell suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) himself while in the SEALs

Luttrell suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) himself while in the SEALs

Luttrell went on to study TBIs so that he could help his fellow brothers and sisters, which he calls a personal passion.

Luttrell went on to study TBIs so that he could help his fellow brothers and sisters, which he calls a personal passion.

But ‘speaking from experience, the United States military is the baddest, most aggressive, scariest military on the planet,’ he continued. ‘We volunteer to fight.’

‘You cut our Marines loose, they conquer the world. I guarantee it. And I’m Navy guy saying that,’ he added.

On providing additional support to Ukraine, which has divided Republicans in Congress currently, Luttrell said he’s done with sending over ‘dollar bills.’

Supporting Ukraine through training and providing equipment that the U.S. isn’t using anymore should still be provided though, he added.

‘But I’m done with the dollar bills. That’s my personal stance.’



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