Vanessa Guillen

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, 20

The effort to find missing Fort Hood Pfc. Vanessa Guillen has now gained the attention of the Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

“We are very concerned for the welfare of PFC Vanessa Guillen and we fully understand the frustration felt by the family, friends and fellow Soldiers of Vanessa,” McCarthy said on his official Facebook page on Monday. “We are doing everything in our power to get her back and will not stop until we do.”

He also posted a link to the Army website that has a list of questions and answers about the case, along with comments from Reps. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; John Carter, R-Round Rock; and Roger Williams, R-Austin; as well as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The full list of questions and answers can be found at https://bit.ly/2YMhyFs.

Demanding Congressional Investigation

The Guillen family attorney, Natalie Khawam, will be at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon.

Khawam said Tuesday that she will be demanding the help of federal lawmakers.

“We’re there to demand a congressional investigation,” Khawam said.

Khawam will also ask Congress to introduce legislation to protect of the military from sexual harassment and assault, according to a post in the Find Vanessa Guillen Facebook page.

#LaQuieroViva

League of United Latin American Citizens announced Sunday that it would begin a #LaQuieroViva (I want her alive) campaign.

Elsie Valdes-Ramos, national vice president for women, issued a statement in a news release on LULAC’s website.

“Vanessa is our daughter, our sister, our wife and LULAC will not stop crying out, ‘LA QUIERO VIVA!’ until she is brought home to her family and to our community. We will not rest,” she said in the release.

“Our country and the world saw and heard the heartbreaking pleas of Gloria Guillen, the mother of Vanessa, a few days ago as she wept under the hot Texas sun at the entrance to Fort Hood Army base near Killeen, Texas.”

Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood on April 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. She is a soldier within the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and purple fitness-type pants.

The reward for information leading to the discovery of Guillen is up to $50,000. Army CID is offering up to $25,000, and LULAC is offering up to $25,000.

Anyone with information should contact Army CID at 254-495-7767. Anonymous information can also be submitted to https://www.cid.army.mil/report-a-crime.html.

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