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
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Belton, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Veterans are a Valuable Resource for our Communities and Labor Force
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Austin, Texas Proclamation
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Texas
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,400 Americans. It left more than 1,000 wounded and nearly wiped out an entire fleet. It was designed to cripple the U.S. Navy before war had even started. Instead, it galvanized the fighting spirit of the American public, creating a foe more formidable than Japanese leadership ever anticipated.
Thursday, November 10, 2011 Austin, Texas Noteworthy
Honoring Our Veterans
It has been said many times before, but is as true today as ever: Freedom is not free. In times of war and times of peace, the men and women of the U.S. armed forces have courageously faced great dangers and made tremendous sacrifices.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 Houston, Texas Speech
Gov. Perry Remarks at the Lone Survivor Dinner
Gov. Perry commended the dedication and courage of Texan and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who’s turning his inspiring story of survival into an effort to improve the lives of veterans returning from war.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 Austin, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: Images of September 11th are Forever in Our Minds