December 20, 2016
â€œIn Zapata and across my district, there are many examples of fine men and women who have honorably served our country, which is why I introduced legislation to honor their defense of our country,â€
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today announced that the President has signed H.R. 5591, a bill he authored to rename the post office located at 810 North U.S. Highway 83 in Zapata, Texas, as the â€œZapata Veterans Post Office.â€ The bill has previously passed in both the House and Senate. A press conference will be held in Zapata at a future date.
â€œIn Zapata and across my district, there are many examples of fine men and women who have honorably served our country, which is why I introduced legislation to honor their defense of our country,â€ Congressman Cuellar said. â€œZapata is home to approximately 503 veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The six TreviÃ±o brothers of Zapata, all World War II veterans, are one of many great examples of Zapataâ€™s brave veterans. Teodoro, Leopoldo, Antonio, Anselmo, Filberto Jr., and Jose Manuel TreviÃ±o performed many acts of bravery, including taking down enemy plans and protecting soldiers by using their own bodies as shields. Their courage and dedication to our nation demonstrate what it really means to be an American.
â€œVeterans all across our nation, just like the TreviÃ±o brothers, share a wonderful love for country, which is why I am recognizing our veterans with the dedication of this post office. I also thank the Veterans Services Office in Zapata County, one of many organizations that work tirelessly to provide the essential care to those who have returned home from service, as well as my colleagues in the House and Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz for their support that helped pass this bill,â€ Cuellar added.