Press Release

Rep. Henry Cuellar Successfully Passes Law to Rename Zapata Post Office to Honor Veterans

Cuellar bill signed by the president, dedication ceremony to follow

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WASHINGTON, December 20, 2016 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today announced that the President has signed H.R. 5591, a bill he authored to rename the post office located at 810 North U.S. Highway 83 in Zapata, Texas, as the “Zapata Veterans Post Office.” The bill has previously passed in both the House and Senate. A press conference will be held in Zapata at a future date.

“In Zapata and across my district, there are many examples of fine men and women who have honorably served our country, which is why I introduced legislation to honor their defense of our country,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Zapata is home to approximately 503 veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The six Treviño brothers of Zapata, all World War II veterans, are one of many great examples of Zapata’s brave veterans. Teodoro, Leopoldo, Antonio, Anselmo, Filberto Jr., and Jose Manuel Treviño performed many acts of bravery, including taking down enemy plans and protecting soldiers by using their own bodies as shields. Their courage and dedication to our nation demonstrate what it really means to be an American.

“Veterans all across our nation, just like the Treviño brothers, share a wonderful love for country, which is why I am recognizing our veterans with the dedication of this post office. I also thank the Veterans Services Office in Zapata County, one of many organizations that work tirelessly to provide the essential care to those who have returned home from service, as well as my colleagues in the House and Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz for their support that helped pass this bill,” Cuellar added.

In September, Rep. Cuellar spoke in favor of H.R. 5591. View video here:

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