Senate Bill Would Name Houston Post Office After Vanessa Guillen

The name change was proposed by Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.

HOUSTON – A post office in Houston may be renamed in honor of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who was killed at Fort Hood in April 2020, according to a press release from Sen. Ted Cruz’s office.

The possible name change comes after Cruz and Senator John Cornyn introduced the Senate Mate to House Bill 224which was sponsored by Houston representative Sylvia Garcia.

The bill would rename the post office at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston as the Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building. Guillen was originally from Houston.

“By renaming a Houston post office in honor of this fallen soldier, we commemorate Vanessa’s life, legacy and service to our great nation,” Cruz said.

Guillen was killed in an armory room on April 22 by fellow student Aaron Robinson, according to a criminal complaint. His remains were not found until June 30.

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The complaint says Robinson, along with his girlfriend Cecily Aguilar, dismembered his body and buried the remains near the Leon River in Bell County.

Robinson shot himself in the head and killed himself in the early morning hours of July 1 as Killeen police attempted to arrest him.

Aguilar is awaiting trial in federal court in Waco.

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Guillen’s death launched a major review of Fort Hood and the Army’s policies for investigating sexual harassment and assault.

Guillen told her family she was being harassed but did not report it for fear of retaliation.

The Vanessa Guillen Act, also known as Texas Senate Bill 623was signed on June 16, 2021 by Governor Greg Abbott and became state law on September 1.

The bill, introduced by Senator Cesar Blancoaims to protect members who report sexual harassment and sexual assault without fear of retaliation, lack of confidentiality or fear that nothing will be done.

A similar bill at the federal level was passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in December 2021. It allows victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military to report incidents in outside their chain of command.

Norman D. Briggs