There is a need for this cemetery in South Texas and a few more in other areas of Texas. This is the right thing to do which honors the service and sacrifice of the 1.5 million Texas Veterans and their families.
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Mayra Flores (TX-34) has written a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, Denis R. McDonough, and the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs of the National Cemetery Administration, Matthew T. Quinn, requesting the VA permit the construction of a veterans cemetery in Brownsville, TX.
“After meeting with veterans groups, veterans, and their families, this is an ask that kept repeating numerous times. This is why, I am taking action on behalf of our local veterans,” said Congresswoman Flores.
The letter, which can be read here, also request a waiver of the VA’s 75-mile rule, to ensure families of local Brownsville heroes have the services to meet their needs. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, an organization that has over 72,000 members in Texas and 306 Posts statewide offered their support:
“The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of Texas supports the construction and operation of a new Veterans cemetery in Brownsville, TX. There is a need for this cemetery in South Texas and a few more in other areas of Texas. This is the right thing to do which honors the service and sacrifice of the 1.5 million Texas Veterans and their families,” stated Mitch Fuller, National Legislative Chairman for the Texas VFW.
Rep. Flores has requested an answer from the VA no later than October 5, 2022.