Veterans and their families have made immeasurable sacrifices in defense of our nation. They fulfilled their commitment to serve our country, and this country should fulfill its commitment to honor and care for them as well. We must ensure that veterans have access to quality health care and other benefits such as 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 collaborated with the City of Brownsville and the VA to establish the Brownsville Veterans Resource Center which provides services such as individual readjustment counseling, support group meetings, community education, and benefits assistance and referrals. Today, the center continues to fill gaps in service and help 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 also 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 worked with Cameron County District Judge David Sanchez to establish a Cameron County Veterans Court which provides a team-based approach to address the underlying cause of criminal behavior. The Court works with the VA, the Cameron County Veterans Service Office, the District Attorney’s Office and others 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 liking my Facebook page.
My staff and I stand ready to help veterans and their families who need assistance working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. Please contact me at
307 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9901
Fax: (202) 225-9770
if you need support from my office.
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Congressman Vela Recognizes Veterans on the House Floor