Calls on the rise for Texas Land Office chief investment officer to resign

The Texas General Land Office is under mounting pressure after its chief investment officer commented that many veterans dishonor their sacrifice.

Calls for the resignation of General Land Office investment director Rusty Martin are on the rise.

At a Veterans Land Bureau meeting on October 28 to discuss funding, Martin called veterans cemeteries money-losing programs and said he saw no reason to invest in them. .

“Putting money into money losing programs, I don’t think that makes good business sense,” Martin said. “It’s not the way I was trained, it doesn’t make sense to me.”

The comment prompted an immediate response from the deputy director of the veterans cemeteries program.

“Every person in this room, a veteran would lay down their life for you. So be careful with your choice of words,” said Eric Brown, former deputy director of the state’s Veterans Cemetery program.

Brown has since resigned and now the American Legion is formally calling for Martin’s resignation or impeachment.

“The disrespect he showed for veterans in the state of Texas and especially the entire country,” said Bret Watson, Texas state commander for the American Legion. “These vets, they put their lives on the line every day. They volunteered and a lot of vets dying and everything, they got drafted.”

It’s an act Brown is happy to see.

“I applaud the actions of the American Legion,” said Brown. “Several other organizations have also contacted me to tell me that Mr. Martin’s actions go against their core values. So I turn to other veterans organizations that are escalating. ”

According to a letter to the state legislature from GLO Commissioner George P. Bush, Martin has been relieved of his duties relating to VLB operations. However, the American Legion says that is not enough and that they want him to go.

“We have to stand together as veterans and we have to do that for the resignation of Mr. Martin,” Watson said.

Martin is still employed with the GLO, but no longer with the Veterans Land Board. The Texas General Land Office has said it remains committed to ensuring that Texas veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

Gregory M. Roy