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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Veterans & Our Military

More than 600 guardsmen, more than 34,000 veterans, and 780 service members 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 service members.

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 service members 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 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, and Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs David Shulkin, to support the Repatriate Our Patriots Act. Two weeks ago, Congressman Gonzalez introduced the bipartisan legislation that would bring home deported veterans and expedite their citizenship application process. 

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter urging Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, to pardon Texas’ deported veterans. The letter comes a week after Congressman Gonzalez introduced the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation that would bring home deported veterans and expedite their citizenship application process. 

July 27, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Deported veterans would be able to return home and their citizenship application process would be expedited under legislation introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday by Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and two other congressmen.

Gonzalez was joined by Reps. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and Don Young, R-Alaska, in introducing the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, according to a news release.

July 27, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning announced in a series of tweets that the U.S government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve "in any capacity in the US military."

His tweets spurred reaction from several individuals, one of which was U.S Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen.

"These are American human beings who have been fighting for our freedom,” Gonzalez said. “Historically, they have been doing it and up to this day they still serve proudly in our armed forces, and I think today was a step back in history.”

July 27, 2017 In The News

The public outrage following President Donald Trump’s flippant and amateurishly dictatorial tweet attempting to ban trans persons from the military is a reminder of how fragile the rights of minorities can be. Politico reports that a “...behind-the-scenes GOP brawl threatening to tank a Pentagon funding increase and (border) wall construction hastened Trump’s decision" and his tweet announcing it.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Don Young (AK-At Large), and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) introduced the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, a critical piece of bipartisan legislation that brings home deported veterans and expedites their citizenship application process.  

July 7, 2017 In The News

The Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate House Democrats, has formed a Task Force on National Defense, co-chaired by Reps. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas and Brad Schneider of Illinois.

 

The task force, according to a statement from Gonzalez, "will proactively promote a strong national defense, improve the lives of our service members and veterans and ensure American global leadership."

 

July 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that he will co-chair the Blue Dog Coalition’s Task Force on National Defense. The task force will proactively promote a strong national defense, improve the lives of our service members and veterans, and ensure American global leadership.

“Our service members and veterans must have adequate resources to defend our country, our values, and our allies from the many threats we face both at home and abroad,” Congressman Gonzalez said.

July 6, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that he will co-chair the Blue Dog Coalition’s Task Force on National Defense. The task force will proactively promote a strong national defense, improve the lives of our service members and veterans, and ensure American global leadership.

July 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement about the proposed cuts to disabled veterans benefits in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018: