Vanessa Guillén should be alive today, and there is nothing we can say or the Army can do to change that. Vanessa was a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a valuable member of the Armed Forces, who is sorely missed and exceedingly loved.
Veterans and servicemembers carry Vanessa’s memory in our hearts each and every day. The despicable treatment she faced at Fort Hood is too often what many other soldiers have had to experience or are experiencing, and knowing her death came after weeks and months of harassment is as tragic as it is infuriating and unacceptable.
It has been a year and justice has not been served, veterans will continue to support legislation that would implement the much-needed change that will protect our service members, hold the perpetrators accountable, and bring justice to survivors and their families.
It’s survivors and families—of those who are with us and those who we’ve lost—who have found the strength to call for change and action so other service members don’t have to live through similar injustices. Their voices must be heard. Today and every day, we all remember Vanessa Guillén, her story, her name, and the tireless advocacy of her family. We commit to fighting for justice in her honor and for policy change so that survivors may begin their healing journey.
Team Common Defense