Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Veterans

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August 26, 2010 - Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, President - Texas A&M University - Central Texas


March 25, 2010 - SGT Michael Owens, USMC - Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride


November 11, 2009 - Heather &: SGT David Worswick - Recipient of BABASOT built custom-made home

Veterans represent a special type of American, people willing to step up in times of peace and war to fight back against those who would do us harm.

The son of a World War II tailgunner, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Governor Perry has been a first-hand witness to the dedication and spirit of our military men and women.

As home to the second most active duty military families in the nation, Texas has a responsibility to support military families, welcome military members home when they return and ease their transition back to stateside service.

From property tax exemptions for fully disabled veterans, to making college more affordable for military members and their families, and improving access to health care, Governor Perry has supported and signed many measures meant to improve the lives of Texas veterans and their families.

Governor Perry will continue to ensure America's fighting men and women are receiving the opportunities and benefits they deserve for serving our country.

Action Items

»  The governor announced the College Credit for Heroes program, which expedites the entry of veterans and military service members into the workforce by allowing colleges and universities to develop programs that give them credit for experience, education and training obtained during their military service.
»  The governor announced a $3 million workforce development initiative, which seeks to maximize a returning veteran’s knowledge, skills and abilities for college credit and employment.
»  The governor worked with the Legislature and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to secure an additional $5 million to supplement the $1.2 million from the state budget to expand mental health treatment and support programs for veterans and their families.
»  The governor has directed TVC to create a new Claims Processing Assistance Team (CPAT) to help address the backlog of more than 39,000 pending disability and health benefit claims in Texas.
»  The governor announced bill signing that provides in-state tuition for veterans who are eligible for federal education benefits, and to their spouses and children.
»  Gov. Perry signed House bills (HB) 8 and 3613, which helps slow the pace of increasing property appraisals, provide additional oversight for the appraisal process, and grant a total exemption for the homes of veterans who are disabled due to their service for our country.

News & Announcements

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Veterans Day
    "Throughout its history, our nation has been blessed with generations of brave men and women willing to stand on the line between us and our enemies and declare ‘Not on my watch.' Today above all days we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have worn our nation's uniforms, whether in peacetime or in time of war. Their bravery and dedication have made our nation a beacon of liberty for more than 238 years, and the standard of service they uphold will allow the United States to continue our leadership on the global stage for many years to come."
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Texas Leaders Launch New Effort to Help Veterans
    Texas Governor Rick Perry visits with Tuskegee Airman Thomas Ellis during the Governor's luncheon honoring WW2 Veterans
    Texas leaders are committing more than $1 million in state support for an innovative pilot program that will address Texas veterans' mental health needs. The new project, the Texas Veterans Initiative, will allow the state's $1 million investment to match local and private funds to expand and evaluate community-based mental health programs serving veterans and their families. If the pilot phase generates widespread interest from communities around the state, the Legislature could act in 2015 to expand it. The project will be funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Launches PSA to Assist Texas Veterans with VA Health Care
    Gov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation's veterans.
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Texas Moving Forward on Assisting Veterans
    The people who answer the call of our nation's military are a rare breed...people driven by devotion to their community and love of their country. They don't swear the oath for personal enrichment or individual glory. They're not looking for special treatment.
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 • Ft. Hood, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Mental Health Facility at Ft. Hood
    Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas' efforts to support veterans at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Center, which will serve Ft. Hood soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The governor also proposed a partnership between Texas health care providers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow veterans to use their federal benefits at facilities outside the VA system.