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Congressman Vela touts importance of community health centers during visit
by Gary Kent
May 01, 2013 | 1017 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, second from right, speaks with Bee County Clerk Mirella Escamilla Davis, far right, and County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, far left. Dr. Diana Bill, second from left, the chief operating officer for the Community Action Cooperation of South Texas, led Vela on a tour of the Community Action Health Center facilities in Beeville during a visit Monday morning.
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, second from right, speaks with Bee County Clerk Mirella Escamilla Davis, far right, and County Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez, far left. Dr. Diana Bill, second from left, the chief operating officer for the Community Action Cooperation of South Texas, led Vela on a tour of the Community Action Health Center facilities in Beeville during a visit Monday morning.
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More than 50 veterans, health care workers and other Beeville residents were at the Doctors Building on Hillside Drive Monday morning to meet U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela. The representative of the 34th District of Texas was in town to visit the Community Action Health Center facilities.
More than 50 veterans, health care workers and other Beeville residents were at the Doctors Building on Hillside Drive Monday morning to meet U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela. The representative of the 34th District of Texas was in town to visit the Community Action Health Center facilities.
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BEEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela met with health care workers, veterans and others during a visit here Monday.

The new representative of the 34th District of Texas toured the facilities at the Community Action Health Center at 301 S. Hillside Drive after talking briefly to a crowd of more than 50.

Vela defended a number of federal programs such as Head Start and community health centers.

“You would be surprised how much good these programs do,” the Democrat said.

The congressman said that community health programs are a good example of how a service can assist individuals who cannot afford traditional health insurance. He also defended the care provided for veterans.

“A lot of problems can be solved by just getting together,” Vela told those gathered in the hallway at the Doctors Building.

Vela said the U.S. Senate is expected to have its version of immigration reform completed in the near future. He said that reform is a top priority of federal lawmakers.

He said South Texas lawmakers support immigration reform, but he reminded those at the gathering that “there are 435 of us.”

“Even if we can save one veteran, it will be worth the effort,” Vela said.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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