After First Year in Office, Congressman Tony Gonzales Celebrates Achievements for Military & Veteran Communities

As I celebrated my first year in office on Monday, I issued the following statement highlighting my work for the military and veteran communities within Texas’ 23rd Congressional District:

“As a veteran myself, one of my top priorities is to ensure our men and women in uniform, veterans and military families have all the proper resources and benefits they deserve,” I said. “I look forward to prioritizing the needs of our bases and installations, veteran populations, and active duty servicemembers and their families in 2022.”

I am a veteran of the United States Navy. I served two decades as a cryptologist, completing multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I retired in July of 2019 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.

I proudly delivered the following results for the military and veterans communities in TX-23:

  • Served as a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on the House Appropriations Committee.
  • Joined the bipartisan For Country Caucus, a nonpartisan group of veteran lawmakers in Congress.
  • Hosted the Veterans Outreach and Engagement Event in El Paso County and Fort Stockton.
  • Assisted 392 veterans with federal casework.
  • Hired military and veteran focused staff including Wounded Warrior and HillVets Fellows, and a Veterans Advocate.
  • Introduced and cosponsored bills to help servicemembers, military families and veterans, including:
    • VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act.
    • Childcare Expansion for Military Families Act.
    • Military Spouses Hiring Act.
    • Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act.
    • Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act.
    • I am Vanessa Guillen Act.
    • PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act.
  • Secured $4.9 billion in funds for veterans through the House Appropriations process:
    • $1 million for Del Rio Tiny Homes for Veterans.
    • $150 million for a new El Paso Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center.
    • $2.2 billion for Veteran Suicide Prevention Programs, the most ever appropriated.
    • $2.5 billion for Veteran Telehealth and Connected Care.
  • Secured $138 million in the House Appropriations process for active-duty military and their families:
    • $22 million for Lackland Air Force Base Child Development Center.
    • $10 million for an updated Camp Bullis vehicle maintenance shop.
    • $71 million for Basic Military Training Dormitories at Lackland Air Force Base.
    • $35 million for Ambulatory Care Center at Lackland Air Force Base.

For a comprehensive list of other achievements that my office and I celebrated, click here.


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