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VETERANS' FRIEND IN CONGRESS DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 51

Rep. Frank Tejeda, a decorated Vietnam veteran who dedicated much of his congressional tenure to assisting the military and its veterans, has died. He was 51.

The San Antonio Democrat, who first came to Congress in 1993, died Thursday night at his home, surrounded by family. He had battled a malignant brain tumor since September 1995, undergoing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He died of pneumonia, a complication from treatments that made him vulnerable to infection, his Washington office said.While most of the tumor was removed during surgery in 1995, it reappeared a year later.