Veterans and their families have made immeasurable sacrifices in defense of our nation. They have fulfilled their commitment to our country, and now the country should live up to its commitment to honor and care for them as well. We must guarantee veterans have access to quality health care, job opportunities, and important benefits like disability compensation and housing grants through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
I am committed to expanding services for South Texas Veterans. To that end, I have collaborated with the City of Brownsville and the VA to establish the Brownsville Veterans Resource Center (BVRC). This center provides individual readjustment counseling, support group meetings, community education, and benefits assistance and referrals. Today, BVRC continues to fill gaps in service and helps the Veterans in our region receive the benefits they have earned.
It’s not only critical to ensure these services are available to veterans, but it is equally important that they are accessible. For this reason, I requested Brownsville Metro add bus routes to the VA clinic in Harlingen and continue to work with Valley Metro to secure bus routes from other local communities.
Additionally, I have worked with Cameron County District Judge David Sanchez to establish a Cameron County Veterans Court. This new court provides a team-based approach to address the underlying causes of criminal behavior. The Court works with the VA, the Cameron County Veterans Service Office, the District Attorney’s Office and community leaders to ensure that an enrolled veteran is receiving the help they need. Upon a veteran’s successful completion of the Veterans Court program, the Court will dismiss the criminal charge.
To further help the veterans in my district, my office holds annual Congressional Veteran Summits that focus on employment, health care, and veteran’s resources. You can find upcoming veteran events by following my Facebook page.