On a day packed with events honoring our Veterans, Senator Uresti along with Senator Jose Menendez hosted Veterans, their families, and those who support Veterans at VFW Post 76 for a Veterans Day reception.
All branches of the military were represented, and guests enjoyed lunch, and refreshments. Additionally, guests celebrated the Marine Corps. 242nd birthday with a military themed cake.
Many discussions took place amongst Veterans, Senator Uresti, and staff regarding Veterans benefits and services the state currently provides. One great resource that Senator Uresti and staff shared was the "Texas Veterans App", a free app for veterans, active duty, families, and Texans who support our military. The app provides a one-stop location for information about local, state, and national resources that Texas military veterans can access. Other great resources staff shared with veterans include the following hot lines:
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK
Hotline for Women Veterans: 1-855-VA-WOMEN
Texas Veterans Hotline: 1-800-252-VETS
Connect with Texas Veterans (talk with a member of the Military Veteran Peer Network for information on events and services in your area): 1-512-954-5333
Senator Uresti and staff also discussed bills from the 85th Legislative Session that impact veterans. In the 85th Legislative Session, which ended in May, Senator Uresti filed legislation to exempt an active duty member of the military from paying sales tax on a vehicle that was purchased while stationed in another state upon return to Texas. Also, based on a recommendation from a veteran, Senator Uresti filed Senate Bill 1622 to ensure that veterans who are in distress and at risk for suicide can be found quickly if they go missing. While this legislation passed the Senate, it did not pass in the House.
Finally, Senator Uresti was also pleased to support House Bill 13, which provides additional funds to increase accessibility to mental healthcare for veterans, and Senate Bill 578, which requires the Health and Human Services Commission create a plan to prevent veteran suicides.