Veterans in South Texas Push for New VA Hospital in Rio Grande Valley

KGTB-TV (CBS News, Harlingen, Texas)

December 29, 2008, McAllen, Texas – Members of the Valley’s Veterans Alliance are hoping President Bush will grant one wish before he leaves the White House.

The local veterans sent Mr. Bush a letter requesting an executive order to build a veterans hospital here in the Rio Grande Valley.

They say the growing need for the VA hospital and growing support from elected officials will hopefully convince the Commander-In-Chief to make it a reality.
“It’s like our last minute call before he leaves office,” said Homer Gallegos, the commander for VFW Post 8788 and the co-chair of the Veterans Alliance. “He’s got the power to do that and since we have the support of the incoming president Obama. We feel like we have a chance maybe through that effort.”

Tony Cordova, the commander for the Purple Heart Chapter 5077, agreed.
“This is just something that we hope can take place before the end of the year before the sitting President goes out,” Cordova said. “But that’s not to say that we’re not going to continue our efforts, when the new President comes in.”

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