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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

August 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) along with 158 of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced legislation that posthumously awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of service during the attack in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. 

 

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the House passage of H.R. 4502, the House’s Seven-Bill Appropriations Package for Fiscal Year 2022, which includes $6,754,454 for several Community Projects Funding Requests.  

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.R. 3985, the Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs (ALLIES) Act. This critical, bipartisan bill increases the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) allotment by an additional 8,000 visas and also expedites the visa process. 

 

July 21, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that he was a proud original cosponsor of the bipartisan I Am Vanessa Guillén Act of 2021, which seeks to reform the military’s response to sexual violence.

 

July 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Don Young (AK-AL) reintroduced the Repatriate Our Patriots Act (ROPA), bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for deported veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

July 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement in response to today’s announcement from the Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to identify and bring wrongly deported service members, veterans, and their immediate family members home:

 

May 21, 2021 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $ 1,684,497 for the State Veterans Home in McAllen, Texas under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This funding is a part of $250 million provided through the American Rescue Plan to help states upgrade State Veterans Homes across the country. 

 

April 15, 2021 Press Release

 

MCALLEN, Texas – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced today that many Texans who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week. Many Texans have already received Economic Impact Payments as part of the American Rescue Plan that Congressman Gonzalez helped pass. 

January 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – After last year’s successful launch, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will be holding the 15th District of Texas’ second annual “Valentines for Vets” program to collect and distribute Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This year, “Valentines for Vets” will also include “Valentines for Frontline Workers” to show our gratitude for those selflessly serving our community during the pandemic. 

December 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will vote to override the President’s veto of the H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021.

Despite the overwhelming bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, President Trump vetoed this bill. Congress has enacted bipartisan national defense authorization bills for 59 years in a row, and if this veto is overridden, it will be 60 consecutive years.