HOUSTON, TX (ValleyCentral) — The US Post Office will be named after a slain Army Special Forces member. Vanessa Guillen.
The bill, sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sylvia R. Garcia, a Democrat representing the 29th district of Texas, was introduced in 2021. In the Senate, the bill was supported by Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a bill that would name the post office at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston the “Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building.”
“The legacy of my SPC sister Vanessa Guillen continues to thrive and will continue to thrive,” said Gullen’s sister Myra. “This post office law brings comfort and honor to Vanessa and the Guillen family. We will make sure that Vanessa lives forever and that justice is done.”
Guillen is believed to have been killed at the age of 20 on April 22, 2020 at the armory at Fort Hood. Her remains were found on June 30, 2020.
“The tragic death of Vanessa Guillén gave a voice to the victims of sexual violence, she made the invisible visible,” said Natalie Havam, a lawyer for the Guillén family. “This is a small but important recognition of her life, which was too short. Family, community and I are grateful.”
After the discovery of these remains, soldier Aaron David Robinson fled Fort Hood and committed suicide. Robinson was wanted by law enforcement in connection with the murder.
On November 29, 2022, Robinson’s girlfriend Cecily Aguilar pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder after the fact and three reports of perjury.
“We can never forget the life, service and sacrifice of Spc. Vanessa Guillen or the pain that her family endured,” Cruz said. “By passing this legislation and renaming this post office, we are honoring and remembering her legacy, and I am proud to have worked with Rep. Garcia and Senator Cornyn in this effort. Let’s always remember the life of Vanessa Guillen and keep fighting for justice, accountability and meaningful change for the victims.”
Guillen was born in Houston.
“Specialist. Vanessa Guillen devotedly pursued a career of service to our country, but she was taken away from her family and loved ones too soon, ”Kornin said. “I am honored to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in memory of Spc. Guillén and the impact of her life in securing our military bases for those who protect us at home and abroad.”