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

  • 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.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Noteworthy
    Greatest Generation Visits Capitol
    Texas Governor Rick Perry visits with Tuskegee Airman Thomas Ellis during the Governor's luncheon honoring WW2 Veterans
    May 8 was a special day for everyone in the Capitol, as Texas veterans of World War II were recognized by the Texas Senate and House, followed by a commemorative reception in the governor’s office. The day marked the 68th anniversary of VE Day, the day the war ended in Europe.
  • Monday, May 27, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Legislation for Veterans and Surviving Military Spouses
    Gov. Rick Perry today observed Memorial Day by signing Senate Bill 163, House Bill 97, Senate Bill 1476 and House Bill 1514, which provide important resources and support to veterans and surviving spouses of members of the military who have been killed in action.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • San Antonio, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Honors Troops at Center for Terrorism Law 10th Anniversary
    Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation’s military in the fight against terrorism, and committed to ensuring Texas provides the resources and support necessary for our heroes and their families. The governor spoke at the St. Mary’s University School of Law – Center for Terrorism Law 10th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Friday, February 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Speech
    Gov. Perry Addresses Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference. The governor’s full remarks are below.