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Veterans & Our Military

More than 600 guardsmen, more than 34,000 veterans, and 780 servicemembers call the 15th District home. There are two National Guard facilities and several defense equipment and parts manufacturers located in the congressman’s district. The 15th District also runs adjacent to several of the active duty and National Guard installations in South Texas, including Randolph Air Force Base – Joint Base San Antonio and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Army Depot, and Naval Air Station Kingsville, among others. The Lonestar State is home to 15 major military installations, several defense manufacturers, and nearly one in ten servicemembers.

Congressman Gonzalez is a proud member of the Blue Dog Coalition’s Task Force on National Defense, a group that proactively promotes a strong national defense and supports efforts to improve the lives of our servicemembers and veterans. Congressman Gonzalez and his colleagues are committed to ensuring that America’s military has the resources it needs to keep Americans and our allies safe from new international security challenges.

Congressman Gonzalez is proud of his military background, having graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Business Administration.

The Congressman’s father was a U.S. Merchant Marine who served honorably in the Korean War. He understands the debt that America owes to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices to our grateful nation. Whether it is fighting for improved mental health services; additional resources for military families, caretakers, and injured or disabled veterans; strong GI bill benefits to ensure every veteran has access to higher education; or safeguarding their right to stay where they belong, in the United States of America, Congressman Gonzalez is committed to veterans and their families.

Congressman Gonzalez is leading the charge in Washington to bring our unjustly deported veterans home. These honorable men and women risked life and limb to protect our freedom. Currently, Congressman Gonzalez is working with the White House and his colleagues in the U.S. Congress to right this wrong and repatriate our patriots.

More on Veterans & Our Military

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of 125 Senators and Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned.

April 17, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the postponement of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Lapel Pinning Ceremony originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19 until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

March 4, 2020 Press Release

SEGUIN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging students in the San Antonio area who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy to attend the Service Academy Day at the University of Texas San Antonio Downtown Campus at the Buena Vista Theater from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Students will learn about the admissions process for the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that he will be hosting a series of Vietnam War 50th commemoration pinning ceremonies to honor Vietnam-era veterans in the 15th District of Texas. The pinning ceremonies are part of an ongoing national effort to honor all Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty.

The first pinning ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 19 at 8 a.m. CT at the Donna VFW Post 10802 located at 502 W Hooks Ave., Donna, Texas, 78537.

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted to pass H.R. 4305, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. This bipartisan bill will give greater access for veterans to connect with service dogs in their communities. Congressman Gonzalez is a cosponsor of this important legislation. 

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the U.S. Senate vote to end the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump on charges of Obstruction of Congress and Abuse of Power:

Today, it is clear that the Founding Fathers’ brilliantly designed system of checks and balances depends on the integrity of those in office. I fear the Senate has set a dangerous new precedent that risks the integrity of our electoral process and national security. 

January 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) called on the constituents of the 15th District of Texas to write Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. Congressman Gonzalez recently launched the inaugural “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans.

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January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the launch of the 15th District of Texas’ first annual “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans.

Constituents of all ages are encouraged to participate by dropping off or mailing cards to Congressman Gonzalez’s McAllen or Seguin office, or by dropping off cards at his satellite offices in San Diego, Benavides, or Falfurrias. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 7, 2020.

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following his vote on the War Powers Resolution or H. Con. Res. 83, Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.