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  • Rep. Cuellar Statement on Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
    Posted in Press Release on May 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) released the following statement on the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs: “Secretary Eric Shinseki should be commended for his years of service to our country, both in the armed forces and the Administration, but this is a needed change. It is clear that a change in the culture at the VA is overdue. Congress needs to work across the aisle to reform the VA in a way that will address deficiencies and pro... Read more

  • KGNS: Henry Cuellar speaks on Shinseki resignation
    Posted in In The News on May 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Henry Cuellar speaks on Shinseki resignation WASHINGTON, D.C.(Office of Henry Cuellar) – U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar released the following statement on the resignation of General Eric Shinseki as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs: “Secretary Eric Shinseki should be commended for his years of service to our country, both in the armed forces and the Administration, but this is a needed change. It is clear that a change in the culture at the VA is overdue. Congress needs to work a... Read more

  • KRGV: VA to Rely More on Private Health Care Sector
    Posted in In The News on May 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans, Health Care

    VA to Rely More on Private Health Care Sector HARLINGEN - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will rely more on private doctors and hospitals across the country to get veterans the health care they need, officials said. The secretary of the VA announced the new strategy over the Memorial Day weekend. The agency will expand capacity at veterans' hospitals and rely more on the private sector. The model called non-VA care, though, has not always worked in the Rio Grande Valley. "The idea for no... Read more

  • Laredo Morning Times: Honoring Veterans
    Posted in In The News on May 27, 2014 | Preview rr
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  • New Legislation Allowing VA to Fire Career Employees Tied to Wait Times Passes House
    Posted in Press Release on May 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Congressman Henry Cuellar today voted in support of HR 4031, a bill that will allow the Veterans Affairs Secretary to remove any career employee tied to the ongoing issues regarding wait times and quality of care at the VA. Under the measure, the VA secretary could remove any such individual from federal service or transfer the individual to another position that the secretary determines is appropriate. “Our veterans deserve the highest level of care and customer service and we must ensure that ... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Calls for Reduction of Veterans’ Claims Backlog in Video Message
    Posted in Press Release on May 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) spoke on the House Floor in support of increased funds to reduce the benefits claims backlog that affects many Texans veterans. Rep. Cuellar voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which passed the House on Wednesday evening. The bill now head to the Senate for consideration where it is expected to be approved. Click HERE to view Rep. Cuellar’s full remarks: “Veterans of all generations dese... Read more

  • VA Responds to Rep. Cuellar’s Request for Information on Health Center Assignments
    Posted in Press Release on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided a detailed response to his request in the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Bill for more information on how veterans are assigned to a health care center. As part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Bill, Rep. Cuellar requested that the VA report back to Congress on what methods they used to assign veterans to VA health care centers. “I have long been concerned about veterans having to tra... Read more

  • Rep. Cuellar Votes for Funds to Reduce Veterans’ Claims Backlog
    Posted in Press Release on April 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans

    Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar announced that the Appropriations Committee had successfully passed two of 12 funding bills out of committee that require strong steps to address the Veterans Affairs claims backlog. “The backlog for veterans’ disability and medical claims has gone on for too long,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This bill takes several steps to reduce the claims backlog but providing additional resources to the Agency to address the issues. The men and women who serve our country in... Read more

  • Congressman Henry Cuellar presents over $800k in Federal Funds to the Frank Tejeda Veterans Home
    Posted in Press Release on September 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans, Grants

    Floresville, Texas – On Tuesday, September 24th,Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) presented $826,127 in federal funds to the Frank Tejeda Veterans’ Home in Floresville. Congressman Cuellar presenting over $800k in federal funds to the Frank Tejeda Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded these funds through the State of Texas’s Veterans Land Board to support the renovation and construction of a new ventilation system and kitchen for the establishment. Congre... Read more

  • Congressman Henry Cuellar releases statement on FY2014 Defense Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Release on June 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Supporting Veterans, Appropriations

    Congressman Henry Cuellar, (D-Laredo) released the following statement on an amendment he successfully added to the 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill requesting a comprehensive plan to assess excess military base infrastructure overseas, prior to considering the closure of any domestic bases. San Antonio, or Military City USA as it is known, is home to three of the most important United States military bases – Randolph Air Force base, Fort Sam Houston, and Lackland Air Force Base. “In light of ou... Read more