Tuberville Honors Rachel Roney-Rivera as October “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 Specialist Rachel Roney-Rivera of Beauregard as the October “Veteran of the Month.” Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks can be found below, and his full remarks can be found here.

“Although she’s just 25 years old, Specialist Rachel Roney-Rivera’s life has been all about breaking barriers. A native of Beauregard, Rachel enlisted in the U.S. Army on her 18th birthday, using her interests to become a paralegal for the National Guard.”

“She graduated top of her class at the police academy before joining the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. Rachel has proven to be a vital part of the force, including becoming the first woman to be selected for the SWAT team.”

“She also serves as a self-defense instructor, where she helps empower women in East Alabama with confidence and defense training techniques.”

“Her story inspires Alabamians young and old about what can be accomplished with hard work and determination.”

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.