House Representative

Uresti, Tomas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/15/2017

Representative Uresti Files HB 2515 to Help Veterans Access VA Benefits

AUSTIN, Texas -- Representative Tomas Uresti filed H.B. 2515 to help veterans seeking Veterans Affairs benefits. With an increasing veteran population needing help and stagnant expansion of Veterans Affairs clinics and offices in mind, the Representative filed this bill to increase benefits accessibility to veterans.

H.B. 2515 establishes veterans self-help centers in municipalities with a population of 1.5 million or higher and with more than 3 joint military bases.

Many Veterans Affairs offices and clinics are too far from veterans or have too much bureaucratic red tape. It is the sad reality that many veterans are, in effect, shut out from benefits or must expend too much time and energy to receive the benefits that they deserve.

Equipped with staff and information technology services, these self-help centers will allow veterans to more easily make appointments, learn about and apply for benefits, get the right paperwork, and altogether receive guidance through the bureaucracy so that they can receive the benefits they deserve.

This bill will be piloted in the south side of San Antonio, where many veterans cannot receive or are delayed from receiving the necessary help. When this program succeeds, San Antonio will serve as a model for the rest of the state and the nation. The Representative believes H.B. 2515 will greatly ease access to benefits for those who have bravely fought for our country and our freedom.