May 28, 2018

Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee Meeting Last Week


AUSTIN - As a House panel met to discuss job growth for veterans, Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) expressed his continued support for expanding veteran and military family job opportunities. Looking to build on his successful efforts from past sessions, Guillen welcomes the attention the issue is receiving as well as the signs of commitment to helping veterans and their families in the upcoming legislative session.


"As we remember our fallen heroes,” said Guillen. “let’s not forget the service of our military spouses and families. Helping them find and keep employment is part of our duty."

House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs participated in a joint meeting with the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development on the economic impact of the defense industry in Texas and how to facilitate industry job growth for military veterans. The committees also reviewed the relationship between economic vitality and military veterans transitioning into the workforce as well as potential barriers to the retention and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the state. The committees also explored the broader economic implications these have on workforce readiness and veteran employment and support services.

Representative Guillen has long been a supporter of veterans. This past session, he was an author of a bills that prohibited tuition fee increases for veterans and their families in universities and cut red tape for veterans regarding home property taxes, and he was critical to the passage of a bill that secured funding to provide greater mental health care programs for veterans. Guillen also was an author of a bill that, after voter approval in the November election, amended the Texas State Constitution to give a property tax exemption to disabled veterans and their spouses for homes received as a charitable donation.

"Especially on Memorial Day, I'm sure the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform are on everyone's mind right now. But it's important to remember to support our veterans and their families every day of the year." Guillen added.

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