June 2008 - A message from Carlos...

A week and a half ago, Texas Democrats descended on Austin for the Texas Democratic Convention. Every corner of the state was represented at the convention, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to address many of the attendees. During the main convention ceremony, one of the subjects I touched on was the Democratic drive to help the less fortunate. As Democrats, I believe we need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to stand up for and protect those who cannot protect themselves. We need to unite within the Democratic Party and do everything possible to ensure that during this election cycle, we push our candidates into both the statehouse and the White House.

On Thursday, Texas will celebrate its 143rd annual Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, which was the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on Galveston Island to enforce the emancipation of Texas slaves. This day marked the beginning of a new life for millions of African Americans in Texas and throughout America, however, there was still much progress to be made. While our country has come a long way in the last century and a half, we are currently at a crossroads in history. Right now we have the opportunity to shake the rigid, unchanging policies of a Republican administration and institute policies to improve America from the ground up, not just provide band-aid solutions. I don’t think it is too much to ask for an economy that allows American workers to spend more time strengthening their families and less time worrying about their mortgages. We can afford to reevaluate the way in which we run government in America, and if we work together, I know we can make a difference. America is due for a change, and I hope you feel the same way.

Semper Fi!

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Pecos Senate District Office
Grand Opening in July

Next month, Senator Carlos Uresti will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for his newest district office. The City of Pecos, Texas will be host to Senator Uresti and his staff as they open their third district office in Senate District 19.

Pecos, located in the heart of Reeves County, is an ideal location to establish a district office to serve constituents in West Texas. The district office will set up shop in the Reeves County Courthouse so as to make it both a familiar and accessible location for citizens.

Currently, the senator is looking to staff the office with a full-time district office director. Applications are still being taken. You can send your resume to Liz Campos at liz.campos@senate.state.tx.us and if you have any questions, feel free to call the San Antonio District Office at (210) 932-2568.

Big Plans in the Works for
Texas A&M-San Antonio

Groundbreaking for the new Texas A&M campus in the Southside of San Antonio could start as early as the middle of next year. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will look at development plans for the new campus this August.

Currently titled the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio, the school will have to up enrollment from the current 1,021 students to 1,500 full-time students, or its equivalent, in order to officially become Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Dr. Maria Hernandez-Ferrier, executive director of Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio, is currently organizing academic curriculum, site development, and student recruitment efforts for the campus.

This school is a needed addition to San Antonio's Southside. I believe that when young students pass by the building, and even the construction, which starts in 2009, the presence of an A&M University campus right in their backyards will foster the idea that a college degree is accessible. I hope it will prove to be an inspiration in plain sight.

Prospective students can apply at www.applytexas.org, and will have to enroll in a new student orientation class before attendance.

How America Repays Wartime Veterans
By Senator Carlos Uresti

As a Marine and a public servant, I have met many veterans throughout my career. Of those, wartime veterans always seem to have given more than any of us can imagine and, as a result, possess a unique experience that most of America can never truly know. That being said, these special veterans all carry with them the burdens of their service, whether they be memories, a disability, or both.

One benefit many wartime veterans qualify for, but might not know about, is a VA pension. If you are a wartime veteran, either able or disabled, with a limited income and are no longer able to work, you may qualify for a Veterans Disability Pension or the Veterans Pension for Veterans 65 or older. Many non-disabled wartime veterans are unaware of the fact that if they are living on a fixed income, and are no longer able to work, that they may be eligible for a VA pension.

An estimated two million impoverished veterans and their widows are not receiving the VA pension they deserve. To know that one person is not taking advantage of the money available to them is troubling, but to know that two million people are missing out is a tragedy. These are some of our country's bravest veterans and they deserve more. If you know a veteran who qualifies for this pension, please pass this information along to them. In this way we can return the favor to those who have served our country during its most difficult times.

To apply, fill out VA form 21-526, Veteran’s Application for Compensation of Pension. If available, attach copies of dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates) and current medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports). You can also apply online through the VONAPP website or you can call 1-800-827-1000.

Senate District 19: We're on a Roll!

I am proud to report that the 700,000 constituents of Senate District 19 are seeing great progress within the district. This amazing part of the state, which quietly boasts everything from the natural beauty of Big Bend National Park to historical Texas battlegrounds, can now brag about major economic and educational advances coming their way.

For one, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is becoming a reality. Students are already enrolling and receiving degrees from the Texas A&M University Kingsville System Center-San Antonio, and with the growing enrollment, this will become a full-fledged A&M University Branch drawing students from an estimated 14 county area and offering opportunities for education that are not easily accessible in this part of Texas today.

Down the street from the budding A&M campus is the Toyota Manufacturing Plant. Toyota has invested billions of dollars in Senate District 19 and has turned the spotlight on Texas workers and the high quality products they make.

Another billion dollar corporation making big moves in our district is Boeing, which continues to increase its presence at the former Kelly Air Force Base. The closing of Kelly Air Force Base was almost a detrimental blow to our district's economy. Instead, we have created a welcoming environment for Boeing to create 400 jobs in the area and a place to build their 787 Dreamliner jet. Boeing is also contributing to education through our community colleges to ensure that they can turn out the kind of workers the world needs in the new global marketplace.

Also at Kelly Field, a Federal Inspection Station is being constructed to support the growing international air cargo industry in San Antonio. The Port of San Antonio itself has been designated as a Foreign Trade Zone, linking our city's dynamic economy to marketplaces all over the globe. And the Port of San Antonio continues to attract more investors and businesses to our area with its East Kelly Railport project, situating the Port as an international logistics hub.

Our future is looking very bright thanks in part to the Defense Base Realignment And Closure Commission, or BRAC. BRAC will bring thousands more highly-trained military personnel to San Antonio, adding more than 11,000 service people to Ft. Sam Houston's 25,000 person workforce. Additionally, a $92 million dollar Battlefield Health and Trauma Center will make San Antonio the world leader in military medicine. BRAC's benefits will affect every aspect of our region's economy. It is one more reason I find it difficult to imagine a more exciting time for my district and the people who live in it.

Major players are pumping millions into the economy of our area, and helping to drive our jobless rates to record lows, strengthening locally-owned, small businesses, and contributing to bright and prosperous days ahead for District 19.

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District Roundtable Meetings
June 19th

Senator Uresti will host two roundtable discussion meetings in Eagle Pass and Del Rio with local community leaders and elected officials in preparation for the 81st Legislative Session.

Senator Uresti Fundraiser Reception
June 23rd

Fundraiser reception in the Stone's Crossing Room at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin from 5:30 to 7 pm.

West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade
June 25th

Senator Uresti, horse riders, and rodeo participants will participate in the West of the Pecos Rodeo Parade at 10 am.

San Antonio District Office
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572

Eagle Pass District Office
501 Main Street, Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402

Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 210.932.2572

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