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County, state, local officials, veterans, as well as members of the community, gathered for the ribbon cutting of the new Veterans Office. The new office will help increase services for local veterans so that they may apply and receive the benefits they are entitled to.
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia expressed his gratitude for all the sacrifices veterans and their families have had to give up. “We live in one of the most patriotic areas in the country,” said Garcia. “Our veterans serve, and they serve with honor. When they return, we need to serve them with just as much commitment and honor because they have earned it.”
“Our Veterans Office has identified over 28,000 veterans,” added Garcia. “What is troubling is that around 5,000 of those identified have not registered with our offices. We owe it to them to find them and register them.”
Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, a veteran himself, thanked all the veterans in attendance. “We are honored to be in your presence, and all elected officials should learn from our veterans, who have served our community so selflessly,” said Palacios.
“Thank you to Judge Garcia and the rest of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, for all their hard work and dedication to provide us with this facility,” said Hidalgo County Veterans Service Officer Emilio De Los Santos.
The Veterans Office received about $250 million in federal funds and education benefits in 2017.
The new office is located at 10213 N. 10th St. Suite B McAllen, TX 78504. For more information, contact them at 956-318-2436.