26th Annual Marfa Lights Festival
Sept. 1-2
Presidio County Courthouse
Marfa, TX

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 3

Democratic National Convention
Sept. 3-6

Fiorella Friday/A Night in Old Castroville
Friday, Sept. 7
6pm - 9pm

Houston Square
Castroville, TX

Battle on the Border Pro Bull Riding Challenge
Saturday, Sept. 8
Maverick County Fairgrounds
Eagle Pass, TX

National Grandparents Day
Sunday, Sept. 9

Senate Hispanic Research Council Scholars Scramble
Monday, Sept. 10
8:00 am

Falconhead Golf Course
Austin, TX

Patriot Day & Texas First Responders Day
Tuesday, Sept. 11

Medina County Fair
Sept. 15-16
Medina County Fair Grounds
Hondo, TX

Joint Committee on School Finance
Monday, Sept. 24
9:00 am

House Appropriations
Austin, TX

Night in Old Monte Carlos
Saturday, Sept. 29
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
September 2012 - Message from Carlos
For the fifth straight year, school kids across Senate District 19 are returning to their fall classes with a backpack, a better attitude and a smile — thanks to generous corporate donors and a lot of selfless volunteers.

In the weeks leading up to the new school year, my office helped coordinate back to school events in Batesville-La Pryor, Brackettville, Camp Wood, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, Rocksprings, San Antonio, and Uvalde.

An estimated 5,000 people showed up for the main event at Palo Alto College in San Antonio on Aug. 18. We gave away some 3,500 backpacks, and the San Antonio Food Bank provided a free meal to more than 2,700 people and distributed more than 10,000 pounds of food from its mobile pantry.

Kids also had access to dental screenings, fingerprint identification, diabetes testing, and information about a wide range of community resources and educational opportunities that are available in San Antonio.

In addition to the Food Bank, our sponsors included AT&T, Silver Eagle, Palo Alto College, Toyota, USAA, Wal Mart, Port San Antonio, Lone Star Bank, SAWS, and HEB.

Over the last five years, corporate sponsors have made these events possible with contributions of more than $150,000, allowing the distribution of some 70,000 backpacks.

I am proud of these partners. They know what community service is all about, and how important it is to get kids excited about school.

Semper Fi!

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Remembering a fallen solider in San Antonio

Outside of the veterans' community, few people know that a Medal of Honor recipient is buried at San Jose Cemetery on the South Side. A group of veterans and active duty servicemen are working to change that, and Sen. Uresti's office is lending a hand.

A remembrance ceremony was held at San Jose on Aug. 13 for John E. Kilmer, a Navy hospital corpsman attached to a Marine rifle company when he was killed in Korea on Aug. 13, 1952, just two days shy of his 22nd birthday.

Kilmer's Medal of Honor citation says he repeatedly braved intense mortar, artillery, and sniper fire to aid wounded soldiers and expedite their evacuation, despite being wounded himself. He was killed by shrapnel while shielding a wounded soldier with his body.

Vietnam veteran John Rodriguez, working with several South Side legislative offices, helped coordinate the ceremony, attended by a group of Navy corpsmen and marked by a 21-gun salute.

Rodriguez, a Marine, says the August tribute to Kilmer will become an annual event. In the meantime, he and other veterans will continue to visit Kilmer's grave throughout the year.

Work begins on Capitol Vietnam Veterans monument

Work has begun at the Deep in the Heart Foundry in Bastrop on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, which was approved by the Legislature in 2005.

Contributions from individuals, veteran groups, foundations, and corporations, along with a $500,000 grant from the Texas Historical Commission, have allowed the project to reach 80% of its fundraising goal.

The sculpture, by artist Duke Sundt, features five infantry figures poised in patrol positions. On the base surrounding the unit are bas relief panels of the naval, artillery, medical, and aviation services that supported the combat patrol. The 3,415 Texans killed in Vietnam will be remembered by “dog tags” personalized with each man’s name, military service, hometown and date of loss, entombed inside the monument.

The monument will be installed on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds, with the dedication tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2013.

A helping hand for man's best friend

Most people remember Spindle Top as the 1901 oil discovery that launched Texas' reputation as the greatest oil producer in the world. This summer, the term took on a more sinister meaning.

On July 18, the Spindle Top Pit Bull sanctuary near Houston was raided by county officials and the Humane Society of the United States, following numerous allegations of cruel conditions, including lack of access to food and water. More than 300 dogs were confiscated.

Sen. Uresti — along with his son, Carlos Jr., and daughter-in-law, Gabriella; both of whom are involved in the animal rescue community — swung into action.

The senator helped Gabriella gain access to Spindle Top and paid to transport her dog, Tank, and six other dogs that she and Carlos Jr. had placed there back to San Antonio. Barkeley, Noodles, Oakley, Daedae, and Mariah are all doing well, along with a new French bulldog they acquired in the process.

Sen. Uresti, who long ago grew accustomed to having rescue dogs around the house, said he was proud of Carlos Jr. and Gabby for their work in rescuing animals from San Antonio streets. And he had high praise for the officials and volunteers involved in the Spindle Top raid.

"One measure of our humanity is the way we treat animals," he said. "Spindle Top represented both the best and the worst that society can be. Fortunately, the best side of the human spirit prevailed."

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