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 proudly co-chairs 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.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has released the following statement regarding the House Committee on Rules’ failure to make in order his amendment that would have added the congressman’s deported veterans bill, H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, to S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act of 2018:
“Obstructing efforts to help honorably discharged veterans who have been unjustly deported is tantamount to disrespecting their service and sacrifice. Actions speak louder than words.
[Pictured above: Congressmen Mark Takano (CA-41), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03)]
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is pleased to announce that 10 students from the 15th District of Texas have received offers to attend the U.S. Service Academies. These academies include the: U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. (West Point); U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
One U.S. Marine Veteran has hope in the current administration as Congressman Vicente Gonzalez sent a letter to President Trump urging him to honor his promise of protecting deported veterans.
Jose Maria Martinez, who was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. legally, served in the Marine Corps for seven years. However, he committed a drug crime after being honorably discharged from the armed services.
"I was caught with marijuana at the checkpoint in Sarita and I was given five years,” said Martinez.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the McAllen Vet Center Mobile Unit will be stationed at the Edinburg Conference Center for three days, starting today. The congressman encourages all U.S. military veterans in the 15th District of Texas to utilize Vet Center services as well as Valley Metro’s free rides for veterans offered for the entirety of 2018. The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) will be open for business during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump regarding the deportation of U.S. Army veteran, Miguel Perez-Montes Jr., to Mexico. In his letter to President Trump, Congressman Gonzalez reminded the president about discussions the two had about the importance of protecting U.S. veterans in May and June of 2017.
As the days go on, more troops are in Starr County securing the border.
The National Guard remains in the Valley in response to President Trump's border security mandate.
Roma residents say they have not seen troops in their city, but our cameras were rolling as troops monitored the Rio Grande, waiting for any illegal activity that may be lurking.
"I think it's a good idea, it will help the immigration problem along with Border Patrol," said Felicita Leal, who has lived in Roma for years.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border:
“Our policies must be rooted in facts – not fiction – and in reality – not rhetoric,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “The reality is that despite our area recently seeing a historic drop in crime and illegal entries, our federal agencies are intentionally misusing information to justify a strategy based in political rhetoric.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement to place National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the deportation of U.S. Army veteran, Miguel Perez. Perez, a two-tour Afghanistan combat veteran, was deported to Mexico by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday, March 26, 2018.