July 14, 2011 - Sen. Leticia Van de Putte - Author, SB 1736 - College Credit for Heroes
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.
» 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
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Launches PSA to Assist Texas Veterans with VA Health Care
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Austin, Texas Noteworthy
Texas Moving Forward on Assisting Veterans
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Ft. Hood, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Mental Health Facility at Ft. Hood