Veteran services

Congressman Gonzales secures key funds for Texas military operations and veterans services

Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) secured critical funds for military bases and operations, and veteran services throughout Texas’ 23rd District as part of the construction appropriations bill military and veterans for fiscal year 2022.

“As a retired Navy Master Chief and a veteran myself, I know how critical our district’s military bases and operations are to our national security strategy,” Congressman Gonzales said. “These credits will fund obsolete and underfunded projects, and every dollar granted helps to have a better equipped army and a better served population of veterans.”

Congressman Gonzales has worked to secure funds for the following community project funding requests:

$22 million for the Lackland Air Force Base Child Development Center: The U.S. Air Force has identified this project as one of its four priority unfunded military construction projects. In February 2021, there were 5,116 children with an unmet need for care and the average wait time to place a child is 151 days.

$10 million for an updated Camp Bullis vehicle maintenance facility: The current maintenance facility at Camp Bullis includes a workshop built in 1945, portable buildings and shipping containers. New maintenance facilities increase productivity, more effectively employ skilled personnel and improve mission training.

Additionally, Gonzales helped include funds for a variety of other military projects in Texas’ 23rd District:

$71 million for basic military training dormitories at Lackland Air Force Base

$35 million for Lackland Air Force Base Ambulatory Care Center

$150 million for a new El Paso Veterans Health Center

$7.5 million increase for rural medical transportation programs

$2.2 billion for veteran suicide prevention programs, most appropriate ever

Reporting language that ensures homeless veterans near the US-Mexico border are considered when awarding homeless veteran housing vouchers

$2.5 billion for veteran telehealth and connected care

Text of the report that directs the Secretary of the Army to conduct a review of the Army’s rail and transportation logistics infrastructure at installations requiring rapid deployment, including El Paso’s Fort Bliss.