April 9, 2018


Representative Guillen Recognizes Prisoners of War and Military Vets


AUSTIN - For Prisoner of War Awareness Day, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) reflected on the valor and sacrifice of our military veterans, prisoners-of-war, and their families.


"We are eternally grateful for our veterans and for the heroism of those who have been captured behind enemy lines," said Guillen. "Their bravery in the face of imprisonment, and the bravery of all of our armed forces, inspires us daily."

Guillen has consistently advocated on behalf of veterans over his tenure as a State Representative, continuously striving to pass legislation that ensures veterans and their families have access to the resources and support they deserve. In the 85th legislative session, Guillen was an author of legislation that prohibited tuition fee increases for veterans and their families in college on the Hazlewood bill. He also helped secured funding to increase access to mental health care programs, support suicidal veterans, and reduce the overall cost of military-related traumas.

The Representative was also instrumental in the passage of legislation which cut red tape for disabled veterans regarding property taxes on their homes, and he was an author of an amendment to the Texas State Constitution, which eliminated a property tax for disabled veterans or their spouses for homes that were received as a charitable donation.

"These families and individuals are pillars of our community," remarked Guillen. "We must strive to honor them on all days, not just on POW awareness day. We will continue to serve our veterans and military families in the coming legislative session."

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