June 17, 2019



AUSTIN - As an author of HB 696, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) helps provide veterans across Texas with better access to healthcare and workforce services, including urgent care and mental health treatment. This act was signed by the Governor on the 10th of this month, and went into effect immediately after.


"Veterans across the state have been forced to wait for weeks or even months to access basic healthcare services offered by the VA," said Guillen. “and I commend the Department of Veteran Affairs, Texas hospitals, the Texas Workforce Commission and my fellow representatives for implementing this bill to secure better care for Texas veterans.”

The MISSION Act (Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks), passed by congress, allows veterans to access non VA primary care, mental health care, and non institutional urgent care if he or she has to wait at least 20 days to see a VA provider or travel more than 30 minutes to see a VA provider. House bill 696 expands on that act and further creates programs and resources to assist Texas veterans in reentering the workforce, by directing the Texas Workforce Commission to build partnerships between military transition centers and local workforce development boards to better provide veterans with quality employment opportunities.


“Reentering the workforce is a crucial step in a veteran’s transition to civilian life,” said Rep Guillen. “I will continue to work to provide access to services to our brave service men and women as they return home from protecting our country.”


Throughout his tenure in the Texas House of Representative, Rep Guillen has been a leading advocate for the wellbeing of Texas veterans and military service members, and his dedication to that goal was shown throughout the 86th legislature, and in the passage of house bill 696.

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