Rep. Sylvia Garcia Files Legislation to Remember the Life of Ft. Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillén

September 30, 2020
Press Release
Media Contact: Robert Julien (DC): Email: Robert.julien@mail.house.gov; Cell: 202-227-0330

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) filed bipartisan legislation to rename the post office located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, in honor of Houston-native and former Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén.

Vanessa Guillén was born on Sept. 30, 1999, and today would have been her 21st birthday. As a child, Vanessa was a quiet, intelligent, and diligent student from elementary school through high school. From the time she was 12 years old, she told her father she dreamed of serving in the Army. Upon graduating from César Chávez E. High School in the top 15% of her class, she enlisted in the Army where she was trained as a 91F, small arms/artillery repairer.

Tragically, SPC Guillén was killed while serving at Fort Hood, leaving a hole in the hearts of her family and the Houston community. Vanessa was just 20 years old at the time of her passing.

Statement from Congresswoman Garcia:

“Vanessa’s tragic death has been a wake-up call for the country regarding what has to be done to protect our young soldiers from potential harassment and sexual assault. Renaming this post office won’t bring Vanessa back, but it will serve as a constant reminder of her legacy for her family and the Houston region,” said Congresswoman Garcia.

“This post office is located just a few blocks away from Vanessa’s high school, and it is my hope that her memory will inspire future generations of students for years to come,” concluded Congresswoman Garcia.

Congresswoman Garcia was joined by a bipartisan group of members of the Texas Congressional Delegation as original cosponsors on the legislation, including Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-D), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-D), Lloyd Doggett (TX-D), Filemon Vela (TX-D), Henry Cuellar (TX-D), John Carter (TX-R), Chip Roy (TX-R), Marc Veasey (TX-D), Roger Williams (TX-R), Van Taylor (TX-R), Will Hurd (TX-R), Colin Allred (TX-D), Al Green (D-TX), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Brian Babin (R-TX), and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.