Legislative Update for the 83rd Texas Legislature

Prepared by the Texas Veterans Commission

 

House Bill 120                                                House Author:  Larson/Guillen

Effective: 9/1/2013                                         Senate Sponsor: Campbell

Impact: C

The bill amends the Transportation Code to require the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue specialty license plates for recipients of the Defense Superior Service Medal and amends Transportation Code, Section 504.3015, to require one set of the new specialty license plate to be issued without payment of the vehicle registration fee.

 

House Bill 150                                                House Author: Larson et al.

Effective: 6/14/2013                                       Senate Sponsor: Van de Putte

Impact: C

The bill requires the display of flags at half-staff at the Capitol ...

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Message from the Governor in honor of Memorial Day

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.“

Throughout our nation’s history, the freedoms we enjoy have been won and protected by a brave few who understand that greatest and most selfless love. The men and women of our armed forces risk the ultimate sacrifice to combat tyranny and oppression. Every time they put on the uniform, these heroes renew their commitment to pay any price, to bear any burden, so ...

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A Message from the Governor in honor of Armed Forces Day May 16, 2015

The men and women of the U.S. armed forces serve this nation with great pride and patriotism. Their dedication preserves each American’s unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It has been said many times before, but is as true today as ever: Freedom is not free. In times of war and times of peace, the men and women of the U.S. armed forces have courageously faced great dangers and made tremendous sacrifices. America’s armed forces have tirelessly ...

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A Message from the Governor in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day

The men and women of the U.S. armed forces routinely, and often on short notice, go into harm’s way in locations all across the globe. The risks they face are grave but necessary, because our military represents the front line of defense between our great nation and those who would do us harm.

But these brave individuals are not alone in the sacrifices they make to secure our freedom. Back home, military spouses keep a stoic vigil, knowing that pieces of ...

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A Message from the Governor in honor of Month of the Military Child

As Americans, we owe a tremendous debt to those who serve to protect and promote our freedom. Through their bravery and steadfastness, the members of the U.S. armed forces demonstrate their commitment to our nation and our values.

But it is important to remember that the men and women in uniform are not alone in making sacrifices. The cause of freedom also makes great demands upon the husbands and wives, the parents and grandparents, and, especially, the children of our military ...

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A Message from the Governor in honor of Military Appreciation Month

For well over two centuries, in times of peace and war, generations of Americans have answered the call of duty, service and country. Standing under freedom’s banner, our veterans have worked to preserve for each of us the unalienable rights we all hold dear — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

At this very hour, the men and women of our nation’s armed forces are standing in harm’s way to protect America. As it has for generations, our great nation ...

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Excellence in Media Awards 2014 Winners

Television

The VA Waiting Game by Mat Garcia
Lee Carpio and Blake McCarty, Dallas, TX

The work helped bring awareness about the abnormal wait times Veterans go through to get the important compensation and health benefits promised to them for their service. The segment illustrated the efforts by the Texas Strike Force to fix this problem so Veteran’s lives can be improved.

Link to Television Story

 

Radio

Veterans Funds by Chuck Schechner
KRLD Radio, Dallas, TX

Schechner’s segment ...

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Texas Veterans Commission Launches Veteran Entrepreneur Academy

AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission announced today that it is accepting applications for the inaugural Veteran Entrepreneur Academy. The Veteran Entrepreneur Academy is a 120-day program followed by a two-year mentorship with the Texas Veterans Commission designed to provide Veteran Entrepreneurs with a strong foundation in small business basics.

“The Academy is the next step for the Veteran Entrepreneur Program and builds on the incredible success of the program to date,” said Thomas Palladino, Texas Veterans Commission Executive Director. “By ...

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$6.5 million available to programs serving Veterans

TEXAS – Organizations that support Veterans can now apply for more than $6 million in grants through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The grants consist of $1.5 million in Veterans Mental Health grants and $5 million in General Assistance grants. Since 2009, the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance has helped Veterans and their families by connecting government resources with community organizations.

“These grants fill the gap in local communities where there may not be enough Veterans resources,” said Thomas Palladino, ...

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Veterans Day letter from Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu

Veterans Day. A day when Texans think of Veterans first and say thank you to those who have served. Veterans are the women and men who raised their right hand and swore an oath to support and defend the United States. Veterans do not ask for our gratitude, but recognizing their service that is the least we can do to show our Veterans that we are truly grateful for their dedication to our country.

Veterans Day is especially important here in ...

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