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 – 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.
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.
WASHINGTON – Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) today issued the following statements, laying out their mission for the 116th Congress.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) on Thursday requested information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, citing concerns from constituents regarding the continued presence and pending removal of concertina wire along the border.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s plans to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces and support from the embattled country of Syria.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement after learning of the death of deported Vietnam War Army Veteran, Carlos Torres.
Prior to deportation, Mr. Torres resided in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2017, Congressman Gonzalez introduced H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, that would create a pathway to citizenship for deported veterans who held a clean record prior to military service.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today issued the following statement in response to the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush:
WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) was honored to celebrate this Thanksgiving with the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed overseas. Congressman Gonzalez traveled with a bipartisan congressional delegation to visit troops at bases in Kuwait in the Middle East and Djibouti in Africa. Last year, the congressman spent Thanksgiving with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) opened a district office in Seguin, Texas on Wednesday, October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The new office, located at 1243 Cardinal Ln., Seguin, Texas 78155, is the fifth office for residents in the 15th District of Texas and will serve constituents in the northernmost areas.