About 22 million veterans live in the U.S., 2.8 million of whom served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. We are proud that so many veterans call Texas home.
Many veterans have a tough time making the transition to civilian life. Finding jobs, obtaining education benefits and housing can all be a challenge, especially for disabled veterans. Texas is focusing on programs to ensure that veterans receive the resources and information they need to make a smooth transition.
During session we passed SB 807, which was voted out of my committee, Licensing and Administrative Procedures, and waives occupational licensing application and examination fees for military service members, veterans and spouses whose training and education meet all requirements for the license. SB 55 creates a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans with mental illness and their families. Effective January 1, 2016, a new Veteran-Owned Business (new VOB) that is chartered/organized or otherwise formed in the state of Texas and first begins doing business on or after January 1, 2016 may be eligible for an exemption from certain filing fees and the Texas franchise tax.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee will meet this summer to address interim charges and issues facing our military personnel. My staff and I continue to monitor for potential legislation that I will file during the next legislative session which will begin in January 2017.
A great resource that I encourage military families to access is the Texas Veterans App. The Texas Veterans App is a mobile application designed to provide U.S. Military Veterans easy access to the Veterans Crisis Line, Hotline for Women Veterans, Connect with Texas Veterans, Texas Veterans Hotline, and the Texas Veterans Portal.
Yours in Public Service,