Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor's Initiatives - Veterans

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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.

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

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Honors Texas Veterans at Vietnam Veterans Monument Dedication
    Gov. Rick Perry today paid tribute to Texas veterans who served or gave their lives in the Vietnam War at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. The ceremony was held on Texas Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Honors Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Gov. Rick Perry today thanked veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for our nation at the 2014 Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference. The governor also highlighted steps Texas has taken to ensure veterans and their families have access to the services they need and deserve when they return to civilian life.
  • Monday, November 11, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Veterans Day
    Whenever they’ve been needed, the members of America’s armed forces have risen to the challenge of protecting our nation from foes around the world. Our veterans remain the reason the United States is today the world's shining beacon of freedom and prosperity. Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor them and the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf, and we must never lose sight of the debts we owe them. That’s why programs like ‘Hiring Red, White and You,’ among others, are so important in connecting our returning veterans with employers seeking talented, experienced individuals to work for them. In its first year, ‘Red, White and You’ job fairs led to roughly 2,800 hires, and this year, we want to top that number significantly. These brave men and women risk all for love of country, and Texans will always do our part to welcome our veterans home.
  • Friday, July 12, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Speaks at American Legion Texas Annual State Convention
    Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted legislation signed into law this session to assist veterans and their families, and discussed the state’s efforts to help clear the backlog of Texas-based disability claims made through the Veteran’s Administration (VA). The governor spoke at the American Legion Department of Texas Annual State Convention.
  • Friday, June 07, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Legislation Opening Doors for Service Animals
    Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 489, which allows individuals with disabilities to use the assistance of service animals in all public places, including retail businesses and restaurants, without having to show the qualifications or certifications of the assistance animal.