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) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is inviting all eligible high school students in the 15th District of Texas to apply for a nomination to attend the United States service academies beginning in Fall 2019.
These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers in the U.S. uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates join active or reserve status as officers for a minimum of five years. Current law authorizes Congressman Gonzalez to nominate candidates for appointment to four of five U.S. service academies:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in remembrance of the events that took place on September 11, 2001.
“On September 11, we remember the countless, innocent lives lost and the heroes that rose above all else to save so many. More importantly, we remember that terrorist attacks like this may seek to disrupt this nation at its core, but the American spirit, displayed by our nation’s emergency first responders and the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, will always prevail. Never forget.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently returned from a bipartisan congressional delegation to Asia, headed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05). The group traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea where they participated in meetings with high-level civilian, military, and private sector leaders to discuss intellectual property protections and market access for American businesses and the importance of denuclearizing North Korea.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following joint statement in response to a report by the Washington Post of a surge in passport denials and revocations for U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent who live along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to reports that Hispanic Americans along the U.S.-Mexico border are being questioned about their citizenship status and being denied U.S. passports.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has issued the following statement following the passing of Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) recently participated in a congressional delegation to Guatemala and Mexico with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Congressman Ruben Kihuen (NV-04). This was a bipartisan effort to strengthen counter narcotic efforts, modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and start a dialogue about how to move the region forward.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has introduced H.R. 6281, the Veterans Flexibility of Annuities for Income Relief (FAIR) Act of 2018, to modify the Survivor Benefit Plan to extend the one-year opt-out window to six years.
The bill has garnered the support of Republicans and Democrats. Four original co-sponsors include Congressmen Don Bacon (NE-02), Trent Kelly (MS-01), Seth Moulton (MA-06), and Don Young (AK-AL).