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Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez Meets With Veteran Leaders
(VNHD-Founder Gary Thomas also addresses veterans)

U.S. Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez, Gary Thomas, and VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi are seen here August 27, 2001 at a breakfast meeting for veteran leaders in San Antonio Tx. Secretary Principi spoke on several subjects relating to veterans health care, however his main topic of concern was the backlog of claims (some 668,000) still to be resolved at VA.

HD -- April 17, 2003 -- Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez today met with representatives of Americas leading veterans groups to discuss a range of issues including health care and benefits, to the current military situation. The meeting which took place in San Antonio, was attended by VNHD Founder Gary Thomas who also addressed the audience.

The Congressman meets frequently with veterans to listen to their concerns and suggestions on a wide variety of issues.

In his remarks and in response to questions Congressman Rodriguez renewed his commitment to support passage of full concurrent receipt legislation this year. Veterans Health Care however was the main focus of many. In this regard the attendees heard from Jose Coronado, Director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

View larger image.......Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez presents the Purple Heart to Mr. Mario Garza a former U.S. Army Soldier from the Vietnam War. His family was present for the ceremony.......vetmeeting5.jpg (64549 bytes)Congressman Rodriguez assured veterans that his work on the House Veterans Affairs Committee will continue the fight to see that veterans receive the best health care possible and that veterans receive the benefits that they have earned and are entitled to. In addition he praised those men and women who today are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and prayed for their safe return.

The highlight of the meeting was a standing ovation during the Presentation of the Purple Heart to Mr. Mario Garza a former U.S. Army Soldier from the Vietnam War. His family was present for the ceremony.

LIST: Those honored in attendance included representatives from the DAV, VFW, The American Legion, Purple Heart Assn., Texas Veterans Land Board, Bexar County Veterans Service Office, Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers, Inc., Legion of Valor of The United States, The Retired Enlisted Association, The Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans, and The United Veterans of America.

NOTE: For more details about proposed legislation and funding for veterans health care return to Veterans News Hour Daily for an update from Congressman Rodriguez scheduled to be released soon.

War Stories

President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun for his valor in the Korean War during a ceremony at the White House, April 11, 2013. Obama said Kapaun did not fire a gun, but wielded the mightiest weapon of all: “a love for his brothers so pure that he was willing to die so that they might live." Kapaun's nephew, Ray, accepted the medal. Speech / Video

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President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, accepted posthumously by his nephew, Ray, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, April 11, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade.





The Resistance

A story of sacrifice and a struggle for freedom. It happened some time ago but is only now coming to light. On a later date more information will be released on this subject. It will help you gain a more complete understanding of this alliance against tyranny and the search for the missing. In this cause the ultimate sacrifice was paid by many. The Resistance

People In Uniform

people in uniformHumanitarian Aid - U.S. Forces Making a Difference!

TARAWA, Kiribati (July 17, 2013) Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, waves goodbye to Kiribati children during Pacific Partnership 2013. Working at the invitation of each host nation, U.S. Navy forces are joined by non-governmental organizations and regional partners that include Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and New Zealand to improve maritime security, conduct humanitarian assistance and strengthen disaster response preparedness. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II (Released)

Women Veterans

& Active Duty Military
veterans womenARABIAN GULF (July 5, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Amanda Coak, from Belleville, Mich., installs a rotary sheave cover for catapult 2 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)

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Staff Sgt. Ashley Davin low crawls through the mud in Amesbury, Mass., Aug. 11, 2012. Davin was participating in the Spartan Race, testing her strength, endurance and resilience against a course of challenging obstacles. Davin is assigned to the 102nd Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeremy Bowcock)

VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

Texas Veterans




Texas Veterans Benefits

State Benefits Include

  • Employment & Reemployment
  • Texas Veterans Land Board Loan Programs
  • Texas State Veterans Homes
  • Free Drivers License for Disabled Veterans
  • Fishing & Hunting Licenses for Disabled Veterans
  • Free Park Admission for Disabled Veterans
  • Free Recording of Discharges
  • Tax Exemption for Veterans
  • Special License Plates
  • Special Parking Privileges Law

To get the details about these benefits go to the TX Vet. Comm. web site: 

Texas Veterans Commission

Each time a story about veterans is covered, the media has an opportunity to change lives.

  • Over 1.8 million Veterans live in Texas
  • 605,000 served during the Vietnam War
  • 450,000 served in Iraq and Afghanistan

They answered the call. Through their service to our country they have earned our sincere deepest appreciation. In exchange for their service it is our duty as American’s to help Veterans, and their families, transition to civilian life. As a nation we should all feel honored to be able help them live productive lives with the physical and emotional wounds incurred as a result of their sacrifice.

Many do not know help is available. Help available for medical care and independent living services. Help available for securing jobs. There is help available for education.

We are their advocate. The State of Texas leads all other large states in monetary recovery of veterans’ compensation and pension benefits. More than $2.1 billion in compensation and pension is distributed each year to Texas Veterans and surviving family members represented by the Texas Veterans Commission. Texas leads the nation in veterans’ employment with Texas Veterans Commission Employment Counselors helping more than 34,038 Veterans secure a job in 2010.

We change lives.

Texas Veterans Commission Web Site:

The Texas Veterans Land Board:

The Texas General Land Office 
1700 N. Congress Ave. Suite 935 
Austin, Texas 78701-1495 
1.800.998.4GLO (4456)