Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Veterans

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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

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012 • Jonestown, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Breaks Ground on New Home for Wounded Veteran
    Gov. Rick Perry joined Dan Wallrath, founder and president of Operation Finally Home, and Jonestown Mayor Deane Armstrong to break ground on a brand-new, mortgage-free home for U.S. Army Spc. Augustine “Augie” Pena and his family, provided by Operation Finally Home, Silverton Custom Homes and Henley Homes.
  • Thursday, October 11, 2012 • El Paso, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Encourages Texas Employers to Hire More Veterans

    A program designed to utilize the talent and expertise of our service men and women by encouraging employers to hire veterans.
    Gov. Rick Perry is encouraging Texas employers to tap into the knowledge and skills veterans bring back from service through the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) and Texas Medical Center’s Hiring Red, White & You! campaign, which connects veterans with employers and job opportunities in Texas. The governor today met with troops stationed at Fort Bliss, and thanked them for their selfless service to protect freedom around the world.
  • Thursday, October 04, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Promotes Competency-Based Learning and Technology as Keys to Improving Higher Education
    Gov. Rick Perry encouraged more institutions of higher education to utilize a competency-based approach to earning a degree, and highlighted the importance of technology to help improve four-year graduation rates and make tuition more affordable. The governor was joined by Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education, Governance, Excellence and Transparency Judith Zaffirini, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Chairman Fred Heldenfels IV for the 2012 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference, which is focusing on continuous innovation and improvement in higher education.
  • 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.