VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — As a Navy SEAL, Scott Taylor helped capture bomb makers in Iraq's seedy neighborhoods in Ramadi.

He protected American convoys with sniper missions. And on his last stint in Iraq, he fell 20 feet through the floor of a dark, vacant building while searching for insurgents.

Taylor suffered broken ribs, a concussion and a collapsed lung. More than a decade later, he's a freshman congressman who has gotten a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Taylor, 37, is among a cadre of former SEALs who've recently thrust themselves into public view through books, media appearances and political campaigns.