Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry: Veterans’ Experiences, Skills are Valuable to Our Workforce

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Thursday, July 14, 2011  •  San Antonio, Texas  •  Speech

Thank you [Alamo Colleges] Chancellor [Bruce] Leslie for that introduction. It's always a pleasure to be in Military City and here at St. Phillip's College.

I'm honored to be here today to celebrate legislation that will at least in part help repay the enormous debt we, as Americans, owe our brave fighting men and women.

From our earliest days, Americans have been blessed by a special breed of citizens, men and women from all across our nation who are willing to step forward and place their very lives on the thin line between us and those who would do us harm.

Their stories have become legends forged in the countrysides of Concord, on the beaches of Normandy and along the rocky hills of Afghanistan.

But those legends all began with real individuals, with friends and family members who loved them and all too many of them paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Texas has always enjoyed a unique bond with the U.S. military and its veterans, and nowhere is that more true than here in San Antonio.

As the home state for so many who have sacrificed so much for our country, we have a special duty to improve the lives and circumstances of our veterans, and this legislative session we again made strides toward fulfilling that duty.

The 82nd Legislature passed, and I had the honor of signing, legislation making it easier for active-duty military members to vote.

We also extended the property tax exemption for fully disabled veterans to their surviving spouses, and ensured the exemption would follow disabled veterans to a new property if they moved.

The legislature also passed SB 1736, "College Credit for Heroes", authored by Sen. Van De Putte, a bill that will do exactly what it says in helping determine the best way to give college credit to our veterans for the training and experience they earned in the military.

The experiences and skills our veterans bring back from service are a valuable, and all-too-often untapped, resource for our communities and our labor force.

College Credit for Heroes will help them graduate more quickly, so they can put their skills to practical use back here at home, saving them some money on tuition, and their colleges get to save the resources they'd invest in teaching them something they've already learned.

That's why we launched this idea last year in this very location, why I promoted it in my State of the State address in February, and why I'm proud that the Legislature worked to pass this important bill into law.

In Their Words »
HM3 Wesley Lagman
Discussing SB 1736 - College Credit for Heroes
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Author, SB 1736 - College Credit for Heroes
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