Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – U.S Congressman Will Hurd announced the launching of a VA pilot program in Del Rio, which will allow veterans to access some health services in the community, rather than having to travel long distances for minor procedures. Hurd visited Del Rio on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, as part of his DC2DQ tour.

Hurd addressed an audience of nearly 60 at the local Dairy Queen, where he talked about local matters such as the renovations to prevent floods at Laughlin Air Force Base —which will be done this year— responded questions about immigration policies, and touched base with local constituents.

Regarding the VA program, Hurd said that it will allow veterans to prevent long travels, saving time and money, by coordinating with local facilities.

“If you have to get your blood drawn, if you have to get a basic test, you can do it here, and they will make sure those tests get to the VA, now veterans have to travel long distances and have to wait in a waiting room a long time because they have to go to the VA,” said Hurd.

“It is a big deal, and once we get it working here, we are going to export that (program) to the rest of the state and the country. You all are on the leading edge when it comes to providing care for our veterans,” he stated.

As a former CIA operative, Hurd served alongside men and women in the military “I knew the sacrifices they made, I knew the sacrifices their families made, and we have to make sure that we honor their commitment to those who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep us safe.”

Congressman Hurd also presented a legislative update, and informed the audience about the ongoing project to form a public-private partnership to develop the most important economic asset in the region, Amistad Lake.

“We have a problem in the Amistad National Recreation Area and the National Parks Service doesn’t have the money to fix it”, said Hurd in reference to the conditions of the marina. “But we are working in this public-partnership,” to solve the problem.

The DC2DQ tour has 23 stops planned throughout the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. These informal meet-and-greets are open to the public and open to the press.