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.
More on Veterans & Our Military
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).
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service partnership intended to engage more military veterans in farming and ranching. This program will assist veterans applying for FSA direct farm ownership loans, ultimately leading to advancements of land and capital.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Leonardo Flores, a student at Edinburg High School, is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. This year’s theme for the 15th District of Texas was ‘Home of the Brave,’ a celebration of our men and women in uniform.
Mr. Flores’ winning piece, ‘John 4:18,’ will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Congressional art competition winners are awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., and receive a $3,000 art scholarship to attend Savannah College of Arts and Design, or Tennessee Wesleyan College.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s (TX-15) amendment to H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, passed the House. The amendment urges high schools with U.S. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to include cybersecurity education in their coursework.
WASHINGTON—On Tuesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) spoke on the House Floor to condemn the House Majority’s restrictive process as they break their own closed rule record, making the 115th Congress the most closed Congress in American history.
There have now been 84 closed rules this Congress, which block all amendments from both Democratic and Republican Members on policies such as veteran services, healthcare, and job creation. These important policies deserve a debate – and a vote – on the House Floor, yet they are routinely blocked.
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.