Samuel Perez Jr.

Hidalgo County GovernmentSamuel Perez Jr.


Director Veteran Services


Samuel Perez Jr. was born in Weslaco, Texas, the oldest of 7 siblings, son of US Army Veteran Samuel Perez Sr. and mother Cristela Pedraza, and Grandson to Navy WWII Veteran Adan Perez. A military family tradition that has been passed down from 3 generations. Graduated Edcouch-Elsa HS in 2001.

Shortly after graduation, our Country was attacked on 9/11/2001 which propelled Samuel to join the US Air Force as a Supervisor of Aviation Management. He oversaw 2.8 million dollars of airfield construction, lighting, and markings to meet FAA standards and criteria during his career. Honorably discharged after serving 8 years active duty achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, Iraq Combat Veteran with 3 deployments to the Middle East. Samuel Distinguished himself by receiving both the Air Force Accommodation medal as well as the Army Accommodation Medal for his Tour in Iraq.

In 2010, Samuel returned home to pursue his education at the University of Texas – Pan American, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Business. During his time at UTPA, Samuel worked as a work-study for the Veterans Success Center where he became an expert in VA education benefits. Samuel was the first President of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter, in which he used his platform to shield light on Military Earned Credit and was instrumental in UTPA Military Friendly Emblem by accepting Military Earned Credits towards Student Veterans Degree plans.

After graduating UTPA, Samuel had a yearning to help Veterans and their dependents. Since 2015 he has held the position of Assistant Veteran Service Officer for Hidalgo County and now the position of Director of Veterans Services for Cameron County. He has been accredited with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for seven years, representing Veterans at the Board of Veterans Appeals, Washington D.C. During his time with Hidalgo County, Samuel’s justification and grant writing was instrumental in increasing their staffing 200%. Helped established two satellite offices to reach Veterans living in rural parts of the county. In February 2022, since being appointed Director of Veterans Services in Cameron County he wrote and submitted a Texas Veterans Commission VSO Grant to provide Financial Assistance to Veterans for Cameron County. As well as, helped create a partnership in Cadets-for-Vets where juveniles build frame homes to gift to a Veteran in need.

Samuel is a leader in our community and a scholar when it comes to Veterans Benefits and Healthcare.  He is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and a member of the TVC Advisory Board Committee. In February 2022 Samuel was nominated for President – Veterans County Service Officer Association of Texas. His integrity and service before self continues to be demonstrated by his customer service and dedication to detail.


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