Tuberville Honors Lloyd Michael Austin as February “Veteran of the Month”

Tuberville’s Veteran of the Month series recognizes Alabama’s heroes for service to our military and local communities

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today released a video honoring U.S. Army Sergeant Lloyd Michael Austin of Mobile as the February “Veteran of the Month.”

Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found below, and his full remarks can be found here

“Many of our veterans come home with scars—including scars you can’t see. After fighting America’s battles, they come home to fight their own personal battles. One American warrior who knows this well is Sergeant Lloyd Michael Austin of Mobile.”

“There, he drove a truck for multiple combat missions. After being diagnosed with PTSD from his time in combat, Sergeant Austin returned home to Alabama. He found himself fighting a different war, as he struggled with substance abuse. He became isolated from family and friends, and even attempted to take his life.”

“Now, after more than 17 years sober, Sergeant Austin uses his own experience to help others. He works with Vets Recover, where he helps veterans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.”

“Sergeant Austin visits hospitals and treatment centers to encourage people—with special help from his poodle and service dog, Ivy. His story has given hope to many Alabamians during some of the darkest moments in their lives. Alabama is grateful to have compassionate servant leaders like Sergeant Austin.”

Senator Tuberville recognizes a different Alabama veteran each month for their service and contribution to their community. Constituents can nominate an Alabama veteran and submit their information to Senator Tuberville’s office for consideration by emailing

Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.