August 12, 2018


Prioritizing Hiring of Veterans as School Safety Officers Considered by House Panel

AUSTIN - As the Texas House continues looking at a comprehensive approach to addressing the larger issue of school safety, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) weighed in on the notion of incentivizing the hiring of veterans for security. 

"For schools looking to hire safety resource officers and other personnel to improve school safety, hiring veterans seems like common sense to me." said Guillen. "Veterans are one the most qualified groups of individuals to defend our schools. They have prior training on how to appropriately handle firearms as well as the best training in the world when it comes to armed conflict."

The House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs is looking at increasing opportunities for military veteran to become security officers for schools in order to protect our kids. Guillen understands that we must act decisively to protect our children when they go to school. In recent years, Guillen and the legislature passed legislation creating positions in schools for police officers as well as legislation which created "school marshals," which are armed staff members. Other states have implemented legislation to allow veterans to serve in a security role at schools.

Representative Guillen is honored to serve the men and women veterans of Texas and will continue his service in the next legislative session. In 2005, Guillen was an author of a bill which waived the range instruction for current and former veterans pursuing a concealed handgun license. In 2015, he was a sponsor of a bill that helped veterans gain employment at state agencies by improving their access to job interviews and allowing agencies to directly hire disabled veterans.  

"We should be thinking about common sense and effective solutions that put the right person in the right place at the right time," added Guillen.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and