News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

January 26, 2009
CONTACT: J.A. Lazarus at 512-463-0119

Senator Uresti Hosts First Veterans Meeting of the 81st Legislative Session

San Antonio, TX — Senator Carlos Uresti along with the Bexar County Veterans Coalition held a legislative breakfast meeting at Don Pedro's Mexican Restaurant on Friday January 23rd. The reception was attended by over 125 local veterans and their families from Bexar County and the surrounding areas. This meeting provided local area veterans with an overview of legislation currently under consideration at the Texas State Legislature and provided information regarding proposals for disabled veterans housing.

Senator Uresti discussed a variety of topics including a property tax exemption for disabled veterans, expansion of the Hazelwood Legacy Act, and greater access to health benefits. Demonstrating his continual commitment to veterans affairs, the Senator unveiled his plan to create a veteran's caucus in both the house and senate. Extending an open invitation, the Senator invited all veterans to visit the Capitol in February to visit with their representative and senator on the issues most greatly affecting them.

"Without the service and dedication of these men and women, life in America would be drastically different. Our veterans, both young and old, face many challenges," said Senator Uresti. Meetings such as these serve as an avenue for veterans to voice their concerns about the challenges they face. Senator Uresti will work alongside his colleagues to bring about the changes needed to address these many challenges.

As a former Marine, and father of a marine who serves as a lance corporal in the reserves, Senator Uresti is a fierce advocate for veterans. In 2006, Senator Uresti formed the Bexar County Veterans' Coalition and continues his commitment to veterans today.

"Service men and women embody the spirit of our great Nation, and a core belief that we live to serve more than ourselves. It is only right that our state honor their sacrifices by striving to meet their needs when they return home, " said Senator Uresti.

Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones, and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas, two-thirds of the U.S.-Mexico border within Texas, and all or part of 23 counties. Senate District 19 is home to five U.S. ports of entry, three U.S. toll bridges, 700, 000 residents, 62 school districts, seven military sites, six state parks, and two national parks.