Former Presidents Bush Express Support in Wake of Harvey

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have expressed their support for fellow Texans in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

In a pair of statements Monday the former presidents saluted the volunteers, first responders and elected officials for their work during the storm and said they know Texans will come together to rebuild.

Statement from former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush:

"Barbara and I are in Maine, but our hearts are in Houston. We are praying for all of our fellow Houstonians and Texans affected by Harvey, and truly inspired by the flotilla of volunteers -- Points of Light all -- who are answering the call to help their neighbors. We salute them, the first responders, and the local elected officials for their grit and determination in the face of this extraordinary storm. This we know: Houston, and Texas, will come together and rebuild."

Statement from former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush:

"This morning I spoke with Governor Abbott about the rescue and operations underway in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. Laura and I are moved by the heroic work of the first responders and volunteers who are putting themselves at risk to save others. The devastation breaks our hearts, but we are confident that these strong communities will recover and thrive.

"Laura and I are pleased to donate to Team Rubicon, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. We hope our fellow citizens will join us in giving to these groups and others that are making a difference on the ground. We are proud of the people of Texas for showing the resilience and compassion of our state, and we pray for their safety and well-being."

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