From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2008
Contact: Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Senator Leticia Van de Putte honors the Legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia

(SAN ANTONIO) -- State Senator Leticia Van de Putte joined by the American GI Forum will participate in "Education is Our Freedom and Freedom is Everybody's Business-Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. The event will be held on September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Durango Blvd.-Southwest Room, DB 1.124

The Symposium, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, will highlight Dr. Garcia as one of the early pioneers of Hispanic civil rights, and his legacy of activism and service. They will also show the latest statistics on Hispanics access to higher education, and present an overview of the Legacy Bill aimed at expanding the Hazelwood Act to allow veterans to pass on their benefits onto their dependents.

We look forward to working with Senator Van de Putte this upcoming legislative session, to ensure that all veterans have the ability to pass on their benefits to their dependents. We must make every effort to honor the valiances of our men and women who fight for our freedom," said Peter Vallecillo, Texas AGIF Region 3 Commander.

The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, chaired by Senator Van de Putte, was charged with studying the feasibility of the Hazelwood Act expansion prior to the 79th Texas Legislature (2005), and was proven to be a popular idea.

"This legislation maintains our great state's dedication to those who serve us, by allowing veterans to take advantage of the higher education benefits, which they have earned," said Van de Putte. "We must strive to honor and reward the sacrifices made by those who fight on behalf of our freedom."

Also speaking at the event, will be Former Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, and Dr. Marco Montoya.

This event is sponsored in part by Senator Leticia Van de Putte, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the American GI Forum, Rudy L. Ramos, Attorney-at-Law, the Southwest Institute on Poverty and Civil Rights, Richard Pena, Mary Alfaro, Texas Veterans Commission.