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
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released the following statement regarding the decision by the President of the United States to withdraw U.S. military troops and personnel in Syria:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Ruben Gallego, (AZ-07), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Darren Soto (FL-09) and Veronica Escobar (TX-16), introduced the Protecting Immigrant Gold Star and Military Families Act, following reports that the Trump Administration is withdrawing support from the Parole in Place program. The measure would protect undocumented family members of active duty servicemembers and veterans from deportation.
McAllen, TX – The office of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez in conjunction with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s ROTC program will host the first-ever Service Academy Day for high school students and recent graduates of the 15th Congressional District of Texas. 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.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Don Young (AK-At Large), Paul Cook (CA-08) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) have together introduced the bipartisan Veterans Member Business Loan Act that would exclude veterans’ loans from the statutory credit union member business loan cap. The bill would also amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude extensions of credit made to veterans from the definition of a member business loan, thus increasing veterans’ access to loans for small business purposes from a credit union.
Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of Members of Congress, led by Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), introduced a resolution Wednesday to claw back power from the Executive Branch. By amending the National Emergencies Act, Congress will have to approve any new emergency declaration within 60 days – similar to the War Powers Act. The resolution aims to end the practice of governing by national emergency.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today voted in support of H.J.Res. 46, which would terminate President Donald J. Trump’s February 15, 2019, national emergency declaration intended to fund his border wall. Congressman Gonzalez is an original co-sponsor. The measure passed the House by a vote of 245-182.
Congressman Gonzalez issued the following statement in response to the vote:
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Don Young (AK-At Large) have reintroduced the Repatriate Our Patriots Act (H.R. 1078), bipartisan legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for deported veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
U.S. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, is reviving a bill he filed last session that aims to end the deportation of U.S. veterans.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address from President Donald J. Trump.
“It is important to note that now – more than ever – is the time for the Administration to make a good faith effort to find common ground with Congress as we each outline our visions for the future of this country. No, I do not agree with President Trump on every policy or approach, but I have always been willing to come to the table in the name of bipartisanship.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement to join efforts to reopen the federal government, ending the longest-ever government shutdown – 35 days – in history. The continuing resolution will extend government funding for three weeks until February 15, 2019, and provide backpay to federal employees who have missed paychecks since December 22, 2018.