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
Thursday, August 09, 2012 Hawkins, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry Visits Veterans at America’s Mighty Warriors Retreat
Gov. Rick Perry today joined veterans and their families at the America's Mighty Warriors Retreat. The AMW organization has partnered with Pastor Ed Young and Fellowship Church of Grapevine to sponsor a week-long retreat at Allaso Ranch for members of the military and their families.
Friday, July 27, 2012 Austin, Texas Press Release
State Leadership Makes Funding Available to Address Backlog in Veterans’ Claims
Gov. Rick Perry, along with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus, have authorized the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to use $1.5 million from its 2012-2013 biennial budget to address the backlog of veterans' claims pending before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The governor also authorized a $100,000 grant from the Governor's Office so TVC can begin immediately addressing the issue.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 Big Sandy, Texas Speech
Text of Gov. Perry’s Remarks at Independence Day Breakfast
Gov. Rick Perry gave remarks during an Independence Day breakfast hosted by the Big Sandy Rotary Club.
Monday, May 28, 2012 Georgetown, Texas Speech
Text of Gov. Perry’s Remarks at Williamson County Memorial Day Ceremony
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Killeen, Texas Press Release
Gov. Perry: College Credit for Heroes Helps Get our Best and Brightest Back into the Workforce