Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Attends Floresville Post Office Renaming Ceremony

Cuellar dedicates ‘Floresville Veterans Post Office Building’ in honor of sacrifices made by veterans

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FLORESVILLE, Texas, September 2, 2015 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) attended a dedication ceremony with officials from the United States Postal Service, local veterans groups and members in the community to officially rename the Floresville Post Office as the “Floresville Veterans Post Office Building,” in honor of the sacrifices made by veterans everywhere.

In June of this year, Congressman Cuellar announced the successful passage of H.R. 891, a bill he authored to rename the post office in Floresville. The bill successfully passed the House and Senate and, in July, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 891 into law, officially changing the name of the post office in Floresville in honor of veterans, both living and deceased.

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) delivers a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and a framed U.S. flag flown over the Capitol during the renaming ceremony for the Floresville Veterans Post Office Building. Pictured from left to right are Congressman Henry Cuellar, Postmaster Johnnie Crisp, Ayda Alderete, Manager, Post Office Operations and Postal Clerk Jerry Rodriguez.

“Our veterans embody what is great about America. Locally, Floresville is blessed to have so many selfless individuals who have honorably served our country,” said Congressman Cuellar. “I want to make sure that their dedication to our nation is honored at every level. The Floresville Veterans Post Office Building will forever be a reminder of the valor and courage we find within our veteran community. I thank the staff at the United States Postal Service for their great service and participation in this process,” said Congressman Cuellar.

"On behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, I want to express sincere appreciation to all our veterans of the United States Armed Forces here in Floresville, as we rename this post office building in your honor and join our entire community in saying thank you for your commitment, your sacrifice, and your service to country," said Ayda Alderete, USPS Rio Grande District Alamo Area Manager, Post Office Operations.

Among the brave Floresville residents who have fought for our country are Frank Villarreal, Pedro Devora and Rufino Gonzalez. Mr. Villarreal served in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy Seawolves helicopter squadron, which provided support to the Navy SEALS. Mr. Devora and Mr. Gonzalez served on the USS Sangamon in World War II and survived a kamikaze attack.

The post office, located at 141 Paloma Drive, is located across the street from the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veteran’s Home, which currently houses 154 area veterans.

View video of Rep. Cuellar speaking in favor of H.R. 891 in the U.S. House of Representatives here:

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