February 28, 2020
Dear Friend,


Congressman Vela Visits Soldiers at Fort Irwin and Airmen at U.S. Air Force Bases Creech and Nellis

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting our Soldiers and Airmen at Fort Irwin, Creech Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base. The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division successfully completed a rotation at the National Training Center, where I was able to observe day twelve of the twenty-one day exercise and the first day of live fire. At Creech Air Force Base, I met the Airmen responsible for flying our MQ-9 Reapers in combat operations worldwide. I also had the opportunity to fly in the MQ-9 simulator myself. At Nellis Air Force Base, I received an overview of the Air Force Major Commands and the Red Flag exercise that ensures our Airmen are prepared to compete and win against near-peer adversaries.


Congressman Vela announces $600,000 in Federal Funds to Help Conserve Water in the Rio Grande Valley

This week, two irrigation districts in Cameron County received WaterSMART grants from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation totaling $600,000. This grant will assist resource managers improve water conservation efforts and manage water more efficiently. 

The Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6 and the Harlingen Irrigation District Cameron County No. 1 have been awarded funds to complete projects to protect the Rio Grande Valley from drought and promote water savings.  

To read more about this grant, please click here


Congressman Vela announces $239,250 in Federal Funds for the Alice Housing Authority in Jim Wells County

This week, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $239,250 in federal funding to the Alice Housing Authority in Jim Wells County through the Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program.

This grant will allow individuals in Jim Wells County to earn their economic independence through job placement organizations and training opportunities, which will help them on their path toward self-sufficiency.  I am grateful that the Alice Housing Authority will be able to use these funds to help empower our community.

To read more about this grant, please click here.


Congressman Vela to Host Vietnam Veterans' Pinning Ceremonies

Next month, I will honor Vietnam veterans in commemorative pinning ceremonies in Goliad and Raymondville, Texas. These ceremonies are part of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program that recognizes Vietnam War veterans and their families for their honorable service, and for the sacrifices they have made for our nation. Each veteran in attendance will receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin provided by the official Commemoration office for their active duty service between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. 

What: Goliad Pinning Ceremony

When: Saturday, March 7, 2020
          10:30 am

Where: Goliad Senior Citizens Center
            601 W. Pearl St.
           Goliad, TX 77963

What: Raymondville Pinning Ceremony

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
          10:30 am

Where: L.E. Franks Memorial Tourist Center
           501 S. 7th Street
           Raymondville, TX 78580

If you or someone you know served during the Vietnam Era or is a surviving spouse, they may register to attend a ceremony in their area. Registration forms can be found here or you may contact my Brownsville district office at (956) 544-8352.



Filemon Vela
Member of Congress