Veterans Advisory Board

The Veterans’ Advisory Board meets as needed at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 401 N. Sam Houston Blvd.

Members

Mindy Caballero
Jose Castillo
Martin Saenz
Israel Villarreal III
Michael Watkins
Ex Officio Member: Mayor Ricardo Guerra

For information, please contact:
Liaison:
David Favila
Email David Favila
956-361-3804, Ext. 301

Agendas

September 12, 2022
April 28, 2022
February 7, 2022
November 8, 2021
November 1, 2021
October 18, 2021
September 23, 2021
August 30, 2021
June 17, 2021
March 2, 2020

Veterans Outreach

2-1-1

2-1-1 is dedicated to supporting those who serve our country, including active members of the U.S. military, members of the National Guard and Reserve, veterans, and their families. For more info, click HERE

Cameron County Veterans Services

Cameron County Veterans Affairs office. The San Benito location is at the Cameron County Annex Building located at 1390 W. Expressway 83. For more info, click HERE

DAV

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. For more info, click HERE

Texas Veterans Commission

These grants assist Texas Veterans and their families in obtaining, maintaining, or improving housing. For more info, click HERE

Veterans Rehab

Are you a veteran struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)? Are you a friend or other loved one of a veteran, and you want to learn more about substance use and PTSD among veterans or the ways you can help them? If so, you’ll find the answers to your questions on this page, including information on rehab centers and VA options. For more info, click HERE and HERE

VFW

To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. For more info, click HERE

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for Veterans of any nation in the world. For more info, click HERE

The Veterans Board has engaged in several noteworthy projects:

Memorial Day & Veterans Day

Ceremonies are held for both Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The Veterans War Memorial is located at 151 E. Rowson St. 

Wreaths Across America

San Benito Veterans’ Advisory Board participates in the national Wreaths Across America project in December, traveling to the three cemeteries here to commemorate the lives of all local deceased Veterans.

Stars & Stripes Forever Project

The Veterans Board was instrumental in a project co-sponsored by the Home Depot where flags with lighted poles were placed at the home of some Veterans. The flags flown were the US flag and the flag representing the military branch in which the Veteran served.

Christmas Miracle

The Veterans Board teamed-up with The Home Depot  in December to bring Christmas to needy families in the San Benito area. In all, 15 families were treated to exterior and interior Christmas lights and decorations.

Buy-A-Brick Fundraiser

You can honor a person who served in the US Military with the purchase of a commemorative brick, engraved with their name, rank, branch of military service and years of service, for $100 each. Tributes by businesses and corporations to honor veterans are also available. Funds generated from the sale of these bricks go toward the purchase of granite markers that will be erected onsite at the San Benito Veterans’ War Memorial containing the names of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in honor of the United States of America. For more information call 956-361-3804 Ext. 113 or see the printable form at the bottom of the page.

Buy-A-Bench Fundraiser

Individuals or corporations may purchase a black granite commemorative bench engraved with their name on the bench to support the San Benito Veterans War Memorial project. Cost per engraved bench is $2,500. Quantities limited.