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) sent a letter urging U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, to support a pathway to citizenship for deported veterans. This comes in response to the Defense Secretary’s recent statement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients currently enlisted in the U.S. armed forces would not be in danger of deportation.
WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to every U.S. state governor calling on them to pardon veterans who are currently in deportation proceedings or have already been deported. The letter comes after the congressman hosted a roundtable with leaders from veteran service organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) to discuss the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation that would bring home deported veterans and expedite their citizenship process.
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) met with Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) and representatives from the: American Legion; Wounded Warrior Project; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Paralyzed Veterans of America; Disabled American Veterans; Vets for American Ideals; AMVETS; Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs; and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, to discuss a pressing issue that has affected so many of our nation’s noncitizen veterans – deportation.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is pleased to announce today that 17 students in the 15th District of Texas have received nominations 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.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement today regarding negative effects of a government shutdown on Hidalgo County and the state of Texas:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released information today outlining the programs and services that would be affected should a government shutdown occur on January 20, 2018.
EDINBURG, Texas - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) invites all eligible U.S. military veterans to apply for the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program. The fellow will be placed in the Congressman’s Edinburg District Office for two years.
“With a Wounded Warrior Fellow on our team, we will be able to better connect with and serve veterans in the 15th District,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “I am excited to be participating in this important program and welcome qualified veterans to apply.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) was one of only eight members of Congress that celebrated Thanksgiving with service members stationed in Afghanistan. Over the course of the trip, the delegation visited key military capabilities and personnel in Poland, Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, visited troops in Afghanistan over the weekend to share a Thanksgiving meal, his office announced late Sunday.
Gonzalez was one of eight members of a bipartisan delegation from Congress to visit the war-torn country. He also visited with troops and saw military installations in Poland, Qatar and Uzbekistan, his office said.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted against H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would reduce the number of individual income rates from seven to four, while raising taxes on 36 million middle class families and adding anywhere from $1.5 to $2 trillion dollars to the national deficit over the next decade.
While the congressman supports comprehensive tax reform, he voted against the measure citing concerns with the drastic roll back of various deductions that benefit millions of hard working families, veterans, seniors, and students.