Texas senator hopes new bill will ensure the safety of servicemembers

Texas senator hopes a new bill will ensure the safety of servicemembers.
Texas senator hopes a new bill will ensure the safety of servicemembers. Photo credit GettyImages

A Texas senator hopes a new bill will ensure the safety of servicemembers.

The Servicemember Safety and Security Act was reintroduced today by Sen. John Cornyn.

The bill would require military installations to review and improve policies and procedures for reporting missing servicemembers and to partner with local and federal law enforcement to improve information sharing.

Each military installation would be required to review its policies and procedures for reporting missing or AWOL servicemembers.

Cornyn introduced the bill following last year's deaths of Sgt. Elder Fernandes and Spc. Vanessa Guillén stationed at Fort Hood.

Guillén was killed in an armory room on post in April 2020. According to federal complaint in the case, Spc. Aaron Robinson killed her with a hammer and then took her off post where his girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, helped dismember and bury the remains around the Leon River.