Local veterans caravan from Brownsville to Roma to call attention to Valley’s need for VA Hospital

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What better day for local veterans to speak out for their specific requests than on Veterans Day?

Dozens of veterans cruised more than 100 miles from the Lower Valley to the Upper Valley  for one primary purpose.

“The purpose of this caravan is to bring awareness to the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley that from Brownsville all the way to Roma,” said Veteran Juan Olivas. “We’re still in dire need of a VA Hospital, which was promised to us by President Obama and he never delivered.”

Yesterday, it was announced that Brownsville would finally be getting a long-awaited Veterans Resource Center. But despite this achievement, veterans have also been waiting on a new hospital to be constructed.

“The importance of having a VA hospital in South Texas is to have the veterans not having to travel to San Antonio for assistance, medical care, specialized care,” said Olivas.

Some of the fundamental requirements to having a veterans hospital include maintaining a sufficient, amount of veterans to warrant its construction, having enough funds to support it, and a school of medicine must exist to assist in its endeavors. Fortunately, the RGV has taken care of these issues.

As of now, 110,000 vets live in the Valley. The State of Texas is prepared to pass Proposition Eight to provide available funding for Veteran Affairs. UTRGV will partner with the VA to provide the best services to local veterans.

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