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Rep. Cuellar Fights for Veterans During Appropriations Committee Markup

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U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, fought to secure critical federal funding for servicemembers in the initial 2025 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies government funding bill. Courtesy Image
U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, fought to secure critical federal funding for servicemembers in the initial 2025 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies government funding bill. Courtesy Image
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, fought to secure critical federal funding for servicemembers in the initial 2025 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies government funding bill. The bill was marked up and voted out of the House Appropriations Committee today and is scheduled to be voted on by the entire House this summer. 

“We have a sacred obligation to care for and honor our veterans when they come home from service,” said Dr. Cuellar. “As a member of Congress and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, it is my job to ensure Congress funds programs that combat veteran homelessness, support veteran families, and provide high-quality health care to our servicemembers. I will continue to work with my colleagues to reach a bipartisan agreement and deliver for the men and women who bravely served our nation.” 

Dr. Cuellar continued, “I am especially pleased to have worked in a bipartisan way with my friend, Congressman Tony Gonzales, to secure $70 million for Joint Base San Antonio in this initial bill. This funding will allow JBSA to build new classrooms and dining facilities, enhancing the quality of life for the 24,000 active duty servicemembers stationed in San Antonio. Additionally, I am pleased to see $152 million allocated for the Texas Cryptologic Center in San Antonio, enabling servicemembers at this cybersecurity hub to continue strengthening American national security.” 

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Specifically, Dr. Cuellar helped secure funding for the following programs: 

  • $3.2 billion for Homeless Assistance Programs, which provide healthcare and rehabilitation services to veterans experiencing homelessness, with the goal of helping veterans achieve permanent housing as quickly as possible. 
  • $264 million for Substance Use Disorder Programs, which support the rising number of veterans experiencing addiction or substance use disorder after service. 
  • $2 billion for Family Housing, which provides housing vouchers or loan assistance to veterans or their families seeking housing.
  • $16.4 billion for Mental Healthcare Support for Veterans, including $583 million allocated for suicide prevention outreach. 
  • $70 million for Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to construct classrooms and dining facilities for servicemembers.
  • $152 million for the Texas Cryptologic Center located at Joint Base San Antonio, which will enable servicemembers at this cybersecurity hub to strengthen American national security.
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