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, who was killed while serving at Fort Hood, was born on Sept. 30, 1999.
Today would have been her 21st birthday.
“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,” Congresswoman Garcia said.
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).