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.