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Summary: Texas offers many special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, State Retirement Benefits, Veterans Home Improvement Loan Program, Texas National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Veterans Employment Preference, Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges to name a few. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. Wartime Veterans have preference in employment with State agencies or offices, as do Widows and Children of those killed on active duty. State law requires that some State agencies practice Veterans' preference until they have reached 20% Veteran employment.


State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


State Taxes
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Personal Income Taxes: There is no Texas State personal income tax.

Military Retirement Income: There is no Texas military retirement income tax.

Military Disability Retired Pay:

  • Disability Portion - Length of Service Pay: Member on September 24, 1975 - No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless combat incurred.

  • Retired Pay - Based solely on disability. Member on September 24, 1975 - No tax. Not Member on September 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless all pay based on disability, and disability resulted from armed conflict, extra-hazardous service, simulated war, or an instrumentality of war.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor Benefit income is not taxed.

 

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Residence Homestead Tax Exemptions: 

Totally Disabled Veterans: A disabled Veteran who receives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 100% disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100% disabled or of individual unemployability is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the Veteran's residence homestead.

The un-remarried surviving Spouse of a qualifying Veteran is entitled to the same exemption from taxation if the property was the residence of the surviving Spouse when the Veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the surviving Spouse. A surviving Spouse can receive an exemption on a subsequent homestead if he or she has not remarried since the death of the disabled Veteran; however, the amount of the exemption is the dollar amount of the exemption from taxation of the former homestead in the last year the surviving Spouse received the exemption (Texas Property Code §11.131).

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Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 65:  A partially-disabled Veteran is entitled to an exemption from taxation of a portion of the assessed value of a property the Veteran owns in accordance with the following schedule:

Assessed Value Exemption Amount                Disability Rating

$5,000                                                             10% but less than 30%

$7,500                                                             30% but less than 50%

$10,000                                                           50% but less than 70%

$12,000                                                           70% and over

A disabled Veteran 65 years of age or over is entitled to an exemption from taxation of $12,000 of the assessed value of a property the Veteran owns if the Veteran:

  • Has a disability rating of at least 10%;

  • Is totally blind in one or both eyes; or

  • Has lost the use of one or more limbs.

The un-remarried surviving Spouse of a qualifying Veteran is entitled to the same exemption from taxation if the property was the residence of the surviving Spouse when the Veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the surviving Spouse. A surviving Spouse can receive an exemption on a subsequent homestead if he or she has not remarried since the death of the disabled Veteran; however, the amount of the exemption is the dollar amount of the exemption from taxation of the former homestead in the last year the surviving Spouse received the exemption.

Note: A Veteran who qualifies for more than one property exemption under Texas state law is entitled to only one exemption, but may choose the greatest exemption for which he/she qualifies.

Spouses of Soldiers Killed in Action: If an individual dies while on active duty as a member of the Armed Services of the United States, the individual's surviving Spouse is entitled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the surviving Spouse's residence homestead if the surviving Spouse has not remarried since the death of the member of the armed services.

Note: Other conditions for exemption may apply besides those listed above. Please view the Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information or to apply. (Texas Property Code §11.22)

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Education Benefits:  

The Hazlewood Act: The Texas Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, Spouses, and dependent Children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. (Texas Education Code §54.341)

Veteran Qualifications: A Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;

  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions as indicated on the Veteran's DD214 or other certificate of release;

  • Served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);

  • Have no federal Veteran's education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas; and

  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its cost), unless the college's governing board has ruled to let Veterans receive the benefit while taking non-funded courses.

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Please click here for complete guidelines for Veterans, including the application process.

Hazlewood Act for Spouse/Child
The Hazlewood Act is also extended to Spouses and dependent Children of eligible active duty, Reserve, Texas National Guard, and Air National Guard Veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness. Each Child and Spouse will receive a 150 credit hour exemption.

Note: A Child of a qualified Veteran who is not 100% disabled or has a service connected death may qualify for benefits under the Hazlewood Legacy Program (See below).

Spouse Qualifications: A Spouse must:

  • Be a Spouse of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, was a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas;

  • Be a Spouse of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;

  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Be a resident of Texas for the term or semester enrolled and;

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the Spouse of a MIA, KIA, or service-connected deceased Veteran.

Child Qualifications: A Child must:

  • Be a Child of a Veteran who, at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, was a Texas resident, designated Texas as Home of Record, or entered the service in Texas

  • Be a Child of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Texas National Guard, or Texas Air National Guard who died as a result of service-related injuries or illness, is missing in action, or became totally disabled (100%) as a result of a service-related injury or illness or is entitled to receive compensation at the 100% rate due to individual employability (IU) due to a service connected injury or illness;

  • Be between the ages of 18-25 years old on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition);

  • Have no federal Veterans education benefits, or have federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;

  • Be a resident of Texas as of the term or semester in which they enroll And;

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic program in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours. This requirement does not apply to the Child of a MIA, KIA, or service-connected deceased Veteran.

Please click here for complete guidelines for Spouses and Children, including the application process.

Legacy Act (Child): Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a Child under certain conditions.

Qualifications: To be eligible, the Child (Legacy recipient) must:

  • Qualify for resident tuition;

  • Be the biological Child, stepchild, adopted Child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year,

  • Be 25 years or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition), and

  • Meet the GPA requirement of the institution's satisfactory academic progress policy in a degree or certificate program as determined by the institution's financial aid policy and, as an undergraduate student, not be considered to have attempted an excessive amount of credit hours.

Note: If a Child to whom hours have been delegated fails to use all of the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours that are available to another dependent Child. Only one Child can use the Hazlewood Act at a time.

Please click here for complete Legacy Act guidelines, including the application process.

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"TAPS" Tuition Voucher Program: Tuition vouchers may be issued to students in grades 6 through 12 or at postsecondary educational institutions who sound "Taps" on a bugle, trumpet, or cornet during military honors funerals held in this state for deceased Veterans. A voucher will be issued in the amount of $25 for each time a student performs "Taps" as described.

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High School Diplomas for Certain Veterans: (Texas Education Code §28.0251) This legislation provides for a school district to issue a high school diploma to certain Veterans. A Veteran or person acting on behalf of a deceased Veteran may apply for a high school diploma.
Eligibility: An eligible applicant is one who:

  • Is or was an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces of the United States;

  • Was scheduled to graduate from high school after 1940 and before 1975 or after 1989; and

  • Left school after completing Grade 6 or higher, but before graduating from high school, to serve in World War II; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; the Persian Gulf War; the Iraq War; the war in Afghanistan; or any other war formally declared by the United States, military engagement authorized by the United States Congress, military engagement authorized by a United Nations Security Council resolution and funded by the United States Congress, or conflict authorized by the president of the United States under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 United States Code (U.S.C.) §1541 et seq.).

The completed application and all required documentation must be submitted to the local Texas school district where the Veteran was last enrolled. If the Veteran's school district no longer exists, the form should be submitted to the consolidated (new) district, which will be responsible for issuing the diploma.

Please contact the Texas Education Agency's Division of Curriculum at (512) 463-9581 if you have questions.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Shelly Ramos

Curriculum Division Director
Address: 1701 N. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-1494
Email: shelly.ramos@tea.state.tx.us
Phone: 512-463-9581

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Employment Benefits:

Paid Leave for Military Duty: State employee in the National Guard or Reserve may receive up to 15 days paid military leave per federal fiscal year. An employee can carry over a maximum of 15 days into the next fiscal year.
Eligibility: State employee in the Guard or Reserve for active duty (annual training), active duty training, and inactive duty training (drill).

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Reemployment to Same Position Following Military Service: A Veteran is entitled to reemployment rights with his/her last employer when he/she is released from the Armed Forces of the United States, providing the absence is no longer than five years. The right of reemployment is available regardless of whether the Veteran was, prior to service, employed by the State, county or city government, or by private industry. Upon completion of state active duty service, reinstated to the same employment held when ordered to active duty, without loss of seniority, status, time, efficiency rating, vacation time, rate of pay, or any benefit of employment.
Eligibility: Veteran must be discharged, separated, or released from active military service under honorable conditions not later than the fifth anniversary of the date of induction, enlistment, or call to active military service and physically and mentally qualified to perform the duties of that position.

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Reemployment to another Position Following Military Service: A public employee who cannot perform the duties of a position to which the employee is otherwise entitled under Section 613.002 because of a disability the employee sustained during military service is entitled to be reemployed in the department, office, commission, or board of the state, a state institution, or a local governmental entity in a position that the employee can perform and that has like seniority, status, and pay as the former position; or the nearest possible seniority, status, and pay to the former position.
Eligibility: A Veteran eligible for reemployment under this chapter must apply for reemployment not later than the 90th day after the date the Veteran is discharged or released from active military service. An application for reemployment must be made to the head of the department, office, commission, or board of the state, the state institution, or the local governmental entity that employed the Veteran before entering military service and must be in writing; and have attached to it evidence of the Veteran's discharge, separation, or release from military service under honorable conditions.

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Veterans' Employment Preference (State): (TGC §657.001 - 657.003) State law requires that State agencies must practice Veterans' preference until they have reached 20% Veteran employment. An individual who qualifies for Veteran's employment preference is entitled to a preference in employment with or appointment to a public entity or for a public work of this state over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification. An individual who has an established service-connected disability and is entitled to a Veteran's employment preference is entitled to preference for employment or appointment in a position for which a competitive examination is not held over all other applicants for the same position without a service-connected disability and who do not have a greater qualification. If a public entity or public work of the state requires a competitive examination under a merit system or civil service plan for selecting or promoting employees, an individual entitled to a Veteran's employment preference who otherwise is qualified for that position and who has received at least the minimum required score for the test is entitled to have a service credit of ten (10) points added to the test score. An individual who has an established service-connected disability is entitled to have a service credit of five (5) additional points added to the individual's test score. In all cases the Veteran must have received an honorable discharge. A Veteran's surviving Spouse who has not remarried or an orphan of a Veteran may also qualify for a Veteran's employment preference.
Eligibility: An individual qualifies for Veteran's empolyment preference if the individual:

  • is a Veteran (a Veteran is any Service member that served in the military for not less than 90 consecutive days during a national emergency declared in accordance with Federal law or was discharged from military service for an established service connected disability);

  • a disabled Veteran, (a Veteran who is classified as disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor or the branch of the service in which the Veteran served and whose disability is service-connected);

  • a Veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried; and

  • an orphan of a Veteran if the Veteran was killed while on active duty.

Veterans Preference will be applied in the following priority:

  • a Veteran with a disability;

  • a Veteran;

  • a Veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried; and

  • an orphan of a Veteran if the Veteran was killed while on active duty.

Note: An individual entitled to a hiring or appointment preference under this benefit is also entitled to a preference in retaining employment if the state agency that employs or appoints the individual reduces its workforce. The preference granted under this section applies only to the extent that a reduction in workforce by an employing state agency involves other employees of a similar type or classification. 

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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State Retirement Benefits: Non-retired Veterans are entitled to claim their active duty military time toward retirement, provided they present a proper request and pay to the Retirement System the specified amount of retirement contribution for up to 60 months military credit. Such contribution is paid at the rate which was applicable at the time the employed Veteran first was covered by the State Retirement System, plus any accrued interest.
Eligibility: Non-retired Veterans who are employed by the State of Texas.

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Unemployment Compensation Benefits:  

Unemployment Insurance: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and employment programs. Unemployment benefits are part of an employer-paid program that provides temporary, partial income replacement to qualified individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.

You should apply for benefits as soon as you become unemployed. When you apply for unemployment benefits, the effective date of your initial claim is the Sunday of the week in which you apply. We cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date.
Eligibility: If you served in the military during your base period as defined in  Eligibility & Benefit Amounts, your military wages qualify you for benefits if:

  • You separated under honorable conditions and completed your first full term of service.

  • You did not complete your first full term of service but you separated early for a reason specified by Congress as an exception to the full-term requirement on your claim.

  • You served at least 90 days of continuous active service as a reservist or member of the National Guard and received a Form DD-214 when separated

  • You moved with your military Spouse

Note: For more information for those that served in the military click here.

Apply for benefits in one of two ways:

  • Call a Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative.

After you apply for unemployment benefits, send us a copy of your Form DD-214; it must be any one of member copy 4 through 8.

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Texas Workforce Commission Veterans' Service Program: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides employment, training and related services to Veterans via a network of partnerships, Workforce Solutions offices, dedicated staff, and specific rules, policies, guidance and initiatives.

 

A variety of employment, job training and related services are available to Veterans. These are the same services that are available to all customers including Veterans, except that Veterans are given priority of service. Veterans can search for jobs, receive priority service at Texas Workforce Solutions offices and access information on transition assistance and benefits. Just for Veterans has more information on services available to all Veterans.

 

TWC oversees the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP), which helps Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find work and achieve successful transitions back into civilian life. TVLP Veterans Resource & Referral Specialists, who are Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, or both, play an integral role in meeting the needs of other returning Veterans by using referrals to address their employment, training, medical, educational, and other needs.

Key employment, training and related services provided to all Veterans include:

  • Job search assistance

  • Pre-employment and work readiness

  • Education

  • Training

  • Assessment and planning

  • Case management

  • Information and referral to support services

  • Life skills

In addition to the above services, TWC offers the following Veteran-specific services:

  • Priority service for all workforce services

  • Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) National Emergency Grant

  • Hard-to-Serve Veterans Initiative

  • Comprehensive Veterans Initiative

  • Two-day hold on new job postings in WorkInTexas.com to ensure Veterans get first viewing

  • Integration points between WorkInTexas.com and US.jobs

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Texas Veterans' Commission Veterans Employment Assistance: The Texas Veterans Commission offers employment services to Texas Veterans and helps employers find qualified Veteran job applicants.

Your transition from the military profession to a civilian job might be one of the toughest obstacles to overcome as you return home, however it is not insurmountable. There are many employers out there who are looking for your skills; the challenge is relating those skills in a manner that they can understand. The Texas Veterans Commission can help you as you go through the employment process. If you think you could benefit from our personalized services, contact your nearest workforce center and ask to talk to a Veterans Employment Representative.

Employment services include:

  • Intensive services
  • Converting military occupation to civilian occupations for resume and job search
  • Job matching and referrals
  • Resume assistance
  • Employer outreach
  • Job search workshops
  • Vocational guidance
  • Labor market information
  • Referrals to training
  • Other supportive services

The first step is to register with WorkInTexas.com and begin your job search. 

The website, Work-In-Texas-Veterans.jobs, helps Texas Veterans translate their military skills to jobs in the civilian world. The Military Occupation Code Crosswalk function allows Veterans to enter the type of work they performed in the armed services and receive a list of civilian jobs that require those skills. The system also translates military occupation codes into skills employers are looking for in potential employees.

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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits:  

Free Driver's License for Disabled Veterans: A Texas driver's license or ID card may be furnished free of charge to a disabled Veteran.  Application forms should be completed by the Veteran and forwarded to the VA for verification of service-connected rating. This exemption does NOT apply to commercial driver licenses. Application must be made prior to the time which the present driver's license expires.
Eligibility: The Veteran must meet the following criteria:

 

  • Was honorably discharged,

  • Has a service-related disability of at least 60 percent,

  • Receives compensation from the United States because of the disability, and

  • Not subject to sex offender registration requirements.

NOTE: The driver license fee exemption does not apply to commercial driver licenses

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"Veteran" Designation for Driver Licenses/Identification Cards: DPS offers a 'Veteran' designation printed on the face of driver licenses and identification cards for qualifying Veterans. The designation is provided free-of-charge when applying for or renewing a license or ID card. Non-disabled Veterans who are only adding the designation must pay the required fee for a duplicate license; disabled Veterans who qualify for a no-fee driver license will not be charged the duplicate license fee.
Eligibility: An individual must be an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Texas Army and Air National Guard. Veterans must visit a driver license office and present the following supporting documentation verifying service:

 

  • DD-214

  • DD-215

  • NGB-22

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability letter

  • A Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) or license to carry (LTC) with a Veteran designator

The document presented, may be a copy or an original and must show the Veteran received an honorable discharge or a general discharge (under honorable conditions). To request the Veteran designator within your renewal period, the request may be made by mail or by visiting a driver license office.

Veterans Out-of-State: Veterans who are out of the state may request the Veteran designation by mailing the following:

1.    Out-of-state/country application

2.    Copy of DD-214 or DD-215

3.    Proof of social security number

4.    Texas driver license or ID card Renewal/Replacement application

5.    Explanation of Eye Specialist (form required only if renewing a driver license)

6.    Required fee* (Please send a check, money order or cashier's check payable to TX DPS.)

*The Veteran designation is free-of-charge when applying for an original/renewal driver license or when making a change to a license. Veterans who are only adding a designation must pay the required fee for a duplicate license.

Mailing Address:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Central Cash Receiving
P.O. Box 15999
Austin, TX 78761-5999

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Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: Disabled Veterans, Former Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Purple Heart and Medal of Honor plates are among the special license plates available to eligible Veterans and their Survivors for personal use on their vehicles.
Eligibility: All Veterans must have received an honorable discharge if no longer a member of the service, and provide documentation to that effect (i.e., DD214). All submissions must include a copy of documentation that they are eligible for that distinctive plate, please check the order form for acceptable forms of documentation. The surviving Spouse of a person who had a Military Meritorious Service license plate is eligible to register their vehicle with a plate featuring the same emblem, as long as the Spouse remains unmarried. Applicants may have to pay additional fees for a military specialty plate along with registration and inspection fees; specific fees are listed where applicable. If you would like to personalize your plates, there is an additional fee of $40, please see the "Personalize Your Plate" section on the application. Personalization fee will not be refunded once application is submitted. Click here for all Application Forms.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Disabled Veterans must have a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more, or 40% due to amputation of a lower extremity for a disabled Veteran license plate and/or parking placard. For Veterans with total disabilities and desiring an International Symbol of Access (ISA) on their plate, Form VTR-214 must accompany any application.

You have three design choices, for $3 per year for the first set of plates. Please select the correct choice on the application.

  • Texas' standard general issue design which does not indicate that you are a disabled Veteran, state law allows only one general issue design per Veteran at the reduced $3 price

  • The standard disabled Veteran design which includes the words "Disabled Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces" in the bottom legend, or   

  • The words "Disabled Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces" in the bottom legend, and your choice of one of the 49 military emblems; if you are a recipient of the medal, or a member of the branches of service. You must provide proof that you are eligible for the plate you choose.   

  • The regular registration fees and other applicable fees are collected for the additional set of specialty license plates. The annual registration fee and other applicable fees are submitted to the county tax assessor-collector's office when plates are approved. Form VTR-615 is required.

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* Note: Plates in the sections below that are eligible for "Disabled Veteran" will be annotated by a "D". All plate may be used on passengers or light trucks, "M" will denote motorcycle/ moped, "T" indicates trailer/ travel trailer.  

Texas Guard License Plates: The State of Texas offers Texas National Guard (D,M,T), 36th Infantry Division (D,M,T,) and Texas State Guard (D,M,T) plates for issue for vehicles owned by active members, or retired members with 20 years or more of service in the Texas National Guard or Texas State Guard. No fee is charged other than the annual registration fee and other applicable fees according to the classification of the vehicle. Form VTR-139 with appropriate documentation is required.

Armed Forces Service License Plates: The State of Texas offers Army (M,T); Honorable Discharged Army(D,M,T); Retired Army (D,M,T) and Armed Forces Reserve (D,M,T). There is no specialty plate fee; however, you will be required to pay the registration fee and other applicable fees. Form VTR-424 with appropriate documentation is required.

Military Service License Plates : The State of Texas offers the following Military Service License plates: Combat Action Badge (D,M,T); Combat infantryman's Badge (D,M,T); Army Commendation Medal (D,M,T); National Defense Service Medal, Desert Shield/ Desert Storm (D,M,T); Southwest Asia Service Medal Desert Shield/ Desert Storm (D,M,T); Enduring Freedom (D,M); Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan (D,M); Operation Iraqi Freedom(D,M,T); Korean Defense Service Medal (D,M,T); Korean Service Medal (D,M,T); National Defense Service Medal, Korea (D,M,T); US Military Academy, West Point (D,M); US Paratrooper (D,M); National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam (D,M,T); Vietnam Service Medal (D,M,T); Women Veteran (D,M); World War II Veteran (D).  No fee is charged other than the annual registration fee and other applicable fees according to the vehicle classification. Form VTR-420 with appropriate documentation is required.

 

Military Meritorious Service License Plates: The State of Texas offers the following Military Meritorious Service license plates: Army Distinguished Service Cross (D,M); Bronze Star; Bronze Star with Valor (D,M); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (D,M); Defense Superior Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross (D,M); Distinguished Service Medal, Army (D,M); Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Defense(D,M); Legion of Merit(D,M); Meritorious Service Medal (D,M); Prisoner of War Medal (D,M); Soldier's Medal (D,M). The un-remarried surviving Spouse of a Veteran who had a Meritorious Service license plate is eligible to register their vehicle with any of the above emblems. No fee is charged other than the annual registration fee and other applicable fees according to the vehicle classification. Form VTR-421 with appropriate documentation is required. Un-remarried surviving Spouses must complete the form VTR-421 and include a written statement that they are un-remarried and provide proof that their Spouse had this plate and is now deceased.

  

Pearl Harbor Survivor and Purple Heart Recipient License Plates: Texas offers Purple Heart Recipients and Pearl Harbor Survivors (M) distinctive license plates. An annual $3 fee is collected for the first set of plates with no fee for an additional set, but you must pay the annual registration fee and other applicable fees. Form VTR-422 with appropriate documentation is required.

 

Medal of Honor Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor - Army may receive a distinctive license plate. The surviving Spouse of a Medal of Honor recipient may continue to register one vehicle with these plates as long as the Spouse remains unmarried. This plate is available for passenger cars, light trucks and motorcycle/ mopeds.
Eligibility:
A written request with a copy of the applicant's U.S. Department of Defense Form DD-214 or a copy of the award certificate must be submitted to Vehicle Titles and Registration, 4000 Jackson Avenue, Austin, TX 78731.

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Gold Star License Plates: Texas offers the Gold Star Family, Gold Star Father, Gold Star Mother and Gold Star Spouse license plates for Family members of Service members who died while on active service. There is no special plate fee. Form VTR-423 and supporting documentation is required.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Life Insurance for Members of the Texas National Guard: The National Guard Association of Texas offers low cost life insurance for members of the Texas National Guard.

Benefit Highlights:

  • For free life insurance for their first year new enlistees must have policy must be completed within 30 Days of your enlistment into the Texas National Guard.
  • No war or aviation exclusions.
  • Prompt payment of claims within 24 hours.
  • After the first year, you may cover your spouse and dependents.
  • Should you separate from the Guard, you may keep this insurance for the same price!
  • Your coverage begins the day you sign up.
  • After 12 months in the National Guard, your allotment for $3.66 will begin to continue your $10,000 coverage.
  • One year free NGAT Membership with Policy.

Eligibility: Service members in the Texas National Guard and their eligible dependents. Insurance for dependents may be purchased after the first year of enrollment in amounts ranging from $10,000 to as much as $50,000.

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Workers Compensation: Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard Service member's injury occurs while serving on state active duty.

 

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Parks and Recreation Benefits: 

Free "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans: Disabled Veterans are eligible for the Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package at no cost. The Super Combo package includes a resident hunting & fishing license and all five state stamp endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing with red drum tag, upland game bird, and migratory bird). The Federal Waterfowl Stamp is not included.
Eligibility:
A disabled Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States is one who has a service-connected disability, as defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, consisting of the loss of use of a foot or leg, or a disability rating of 60% or more, and who is receiving compensation from the United States for the disability. Official proof of disability (issued by the V.A.) must be shown when applying for this license and must state the rate of disability. This benefit is available to residents or non-residents of Texas.

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Free "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Active Duty Military: An Active Duty Service member is eligible for a "Super Combo" License that includes a Resident Hunting License, a Resident Fishing License and all 5 state stamp endorsements (archery, freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing with a red drum tag, upland game bird, and migratory game bird) at no cost.
Eligibility:
A Texas Resident on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Reserves or National or State Guard. Proof of residency for this license is: military service record(s) indicating that the person's home of record is in Texas or that the person's duty station for the six months immediately prior to the time of application is in Texas.

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Non-Resident Active Duty Hunting and Fishing Licenses: Members of the United States Armed Forces (and their dependents) on active duty anywhere are entitled to purchase a resident license, but the Texas Resident Active Duty Military "Super Combo" package is available to Texas residents only. 

 The term "active duty" means full-time duty in active military service, including the National Guard and Reserves of the United States. Such term includes full-time training duty and attendance while in the active military service at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned.

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Free Admission to State Parks for Veterans: A Texas Parklands Passport-Veteran provides free admission to Texas State parks for Veterans with qualifying service-connected disabilities.
Eligibility: Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of at least 60% or loss of lower extremity.  They do not need to reside in Texas to qualify.

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Miscellaneous Benefits: 

The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB Program: The Texas Veterans Land Board provides low-interest real-estate related loans to Veterans of Texas. There are three categories of loans: Land Loans, Home Loans, and Home Improvement Loans. Veterans may apply for any or all of the loans at the same time; it is possible for a Veteran to have an active loan in each program simultaneously. Once a Veteran or his/her successor has successfully paid off a VLB loan, he/she may obtain another.

Note: The VLB does not offer refinancing. If the Veteran has an existing loan on a home, the VLB cannot provide refinancing to lower the interest rate, nor can the VLB loan program be used as a down-payment on a home.

Eligibility: General eligibility criteria must be met by Veterans and their Spouses before participation in any VLB program. Participants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age

  • A bona fide and legal resident of Texas on the date of application, and meet one of the following service criteria:

    • An active-duty Service member

    • A member of the Texas National Guard

    • A reserve-component military member having completed 20 qualifying years for retirement

    • A Veteran having served at least 90 active-duty days unless discharged sooner due to service-connected disability and not discharged dishonorably A surviving Spouse of a Veteran listed as missing in action or whose death was service-connected

All VLB loans are subject to credit approval. More information and additional loan-specific eligibility criteria for each program are listed below.

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Land Loans: The VLB Land Loan program offers Texas Veterans the opportunity to purchase land at below-market interest rates while only requiring a minimum 5% down payment and a fixed-rate 30-year loan term. Financing is available up to $125,000; a $325 appraisal fee is due at the time of application.
Eligibility: To be eligible for VLB financing, the land must:

  • Be wholly within the state of Texas

  • Contain at least one acre, excluding any portion beneath a dedicated public roadway or navigable waterway, or subject to frequent inundation, or otherwise unusable.

  • Have legal, usable access to a public road. Access must be a minimum of 60 feet wide or meet the county public road width requirements, whichever is greater. 'Usable' means that it can be driven on by a standard passenger car in inclement weather.

  • Be properly described by either a Field Note description of the tract with the Surveyor's Official Seal and Signature (original or copy), or a complete copy of the recorded subdivision plat if the description is by Lot & Block.

  • Not be zoned strictly for commercial use.

  • Not have been owned by you or your Spouse within the previous three years.

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Veterans Housing Assistance Program: In 1983, the VLB Veterans Housing Assistance Program (VHAP) was created to assist Texas active-duty Service members, Veterans, and their Spouses in purchasing a home. Applicants may receive up to $417,000 on a fixed-rate loan for 15, 20, 25, or 30-year terms.

Note: Veterans with a VA service-connected disability of 30% or greater qualify for a discounted rate of .50 basis points (1/2 point below standard rate).

Eligibility: To qualify, homes must meet the following requirements:

  • The home must be the Veteran's primary residence in Texas

  • The home must be a single Family attached or detached home, townhome or condominium.

  • Duplexes or other multi-Family units must have been constructed at least five years prior to the closing date of the loan

  • New homes must have either an Energy Star® certification or HERS Index score of 75 or less

  • The home must remain as the Veteran's primary residence for at least three years, and the applicant borrower must occupy the home within 60 days after the loan closing.

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Veterans Housing Improvement Program: The VLB introduced the Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP) to provide below-market interest rate loans to qualified Texas military Service members, Veterans, and Spouses for home repairs and improvement to their existing homes. A VLB home improvement loan can be used for alterations, repairs, and improvements that are eligible for financing under the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I loan program.

The VLB offers up to $50,000 for a 20-year loan or up to $10,000 for a 10-year loan. No down-payment is required; however, the program requires a $10 flood certification fee and $125 title search fee at time of application, and payment of closing costs.

Note: Some improvements may not be eligible. Please see pages 8 & 9 of the VHIP application packet for a list of eligible & ineligible criteria. Also, Veterans with a VA service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater qualify for a discounted rate of .50 basis points (1/2 point below standard rate).

Eligibility: To qualify, the following requirements must be met:

The home being repaired must be wholly within the state of Texas

  • The home must be the applicant's primary residence

  • Single Family dwellings, condominiums, duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes are eligible; however, they must be at least 5 years old. Modular or manufactured homes that are on a permanent foundation and are part of the real property may also be eligible, but the final decision on these types of loans will be determined by VLB

  • The VLB must be in first or second lien position

  • The borrower cannot advance funds to the contractor or purchase material prior to the loan proceeds from VLB. Loan proceeds will be available on the fourth business day after closing.

  • The borrower must secure a general contractor. VLB home improvement loans are FHA Title I insured loans, which require a valid lien in favor of VLB against the property. This type of lien cannot be created without a general contractor.

  • All work and/or construction must be in compliance with the applicable building codes and standards.

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Free Recording Of Discharges: The county clerk in each county is required to record, free of charge, the official discharge papers (DD Form 214) of a Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Once filed, it will become a confidential record for 75 years, providing Veterans with a ready source from which they can obtain a certified copy of their discharge when needed.

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No Cost Medical Records: Texas Veterans are eligible for no cost medical or mental health records when they are obtained to file a claim for a disability against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The health care provider or health care facility is not required to provide more than one complete record for the patient or former patient without charge.

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Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program: The Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) fosters and promotes Veteran entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas. The VEP aims to bridge the gap between available resources and Veteran entrepreneurs. The program identifies funding sources, mentors, business opportunities, and business education programs, among other key functions.

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Texas State Veterans Homes: Provides affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their Spouses and Gold Star parents. Conveniently located across Texas in Amarillo, Big Spring, Bonham, El Paso, Floresville, McAllen, Temple and Tyler, these first-class facilities are designed to enhance quality of life with a clean, caring and dignified setting appropriate to those men and women who have served our country with honor. Health services include wound care, therapeutic activities, and hospice care. A large, well-equipped physical and occupational therapy room offers the latest in rehabilitative care. Speech therapy is also available to residents. Highly specialized care is provided at each Alzheimer's unit. Because the VA subsidizes much of a Veteran's cost to stay at a VLB Texas State Veterans Home, daily out-of-pocket rates are well below average and include the cost of medications for Veterans. You can down load the application for all Texas State Veterans Homes here.
Eligibility: Texas Veterans recognized as an "eligible Veteran" by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), requiring long-term nursing care as determined by a physician and concurred by the VA, be at least 18 years old, a resident of Texas at the time of application, and not be dishonorably discharged. The Spouse, or unmarried surviving Spouse, of a Veteran and Gold Star parents are also eligible provided they meet the age and residency requirements above. Click here to access the Veterans Administration Eligibility Requirements.

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Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program: Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans for their service to their country. Texas State Veterans Cemeteries are currently operating in Killeen, Mission, Corpus Christi, and Abilene.

The burial benefit includes the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran's casket or urn. There is no charge for burial of Veterans.

Note: The burial benefit for Veterans, their Spouses, and their Children does not cover funeral home charges such as the cost of a casket, cremation, viewing, flower cars, or transportation of the remains and Family. However, if the Veteran dies of a service connected cause of death, the Family may be eligible for reimbursement from the VA for some of the funeral home costs up to $2,000.
Eligibility: The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who die on active duty

  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces discharged under other than dishonorable conditions

  • Certain members of the Reserve Component & Reserve Officer Training Corps

  • Commissioned officers of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service

  • World War II Merchant Marines

  • Philippine Armed Forces

Eligibility for Veteran's Family: The surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran that has been interred who remarries retains his or her eligibility for burial. Unmarried Children who are under 21 years of age, or who are under 23 years of age and are pursuing full-time education at an approved institution; or an unmarried adult Child of an eligible Veteran of any age if the Child became physically or mentally disabled and incapable of self-support by reason of mental or physical disability before reaching 21 years of age or before reaching 23 years of age if pursuing full-time education at an approved institution are eligible.

Note: Eligibility requirements for a Texas State Cemetery are the same as for United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the Veterans Affairs website or by calling the VA's toll-free burial benefits number at 1-800-827-1000. If you have any further questions about eligibility, please call the Texas Veterans Land Board toll free at 1-800-252-VETS (8387).

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Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Facilities in Texas: 

Veterans Health Administration
VA Health Care System
Amarillo: Amarillo VA Health Care System, Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center, 6010 Amarillo Blvd West, 806-355-9703 / 800-687-8262
Big Spring: West Texas VA Health Care System, George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center, 300 Veterans Blvd, 432-263-7361 / 800-472-1365
Dallas: VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas VA Medical Center, 4500 S Lancaster Rd, 800-849-3597 / 214-742-8387, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center, 1201 E. 9th St, 800-924-8387 / 903-583-2111
El Paso: El Paso VA Health Care System, 5001 N Piedras, 915-564-6100 / 800-672-3782
Harlingen: VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, 2601 Veterans Dr, 956-291-9000 / 855-864-0516
San Antonio: South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, STVHCS, 7400 Merton Minter, 210-617-5300 / 877-469-5300, Kerrville Campus, STVHCS, 3600 Memorial Blvd, 866-487-1653
Temple: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center, 1901 Veterans Memorial Dr, 254-778-4811 / 800-423-2111, Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Waco, 4800 Memorial Dr, 254-752-6581 / 800-423-2111, Austin Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Dr, 512-823-4000 / 800-423-2111

VA Medical Centers - 800-924-8387
Bonham: Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center, 1201 E. 9th St, 800-924-8387 / Fax: 903-583-6692
Dallas: Dallas VA Medical Center, 4500 S. Lancaster Rd, 800-849-3597 / Fax: 214-857-1448
Harlingen: VA Health Care Center at Harlingen, 2601 Veterans Dr, 956-291-9000 or 855-864-0516
Houston: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd, 713-791-1414 / 800-553-2278
Kerrville: Kerrville VA Hospital, 3600 Memorial Blvd, 866-487-1653
Waco:  Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 4800 Memorial Dr, 254-752-6581

Domiciliary
Houston: Houston Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans, 7329 Fannin St, 713-794-7922 / Fax: 713-791-1010

Outpatient Clinics
Austin: Austin Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Dr, 512-823-4000 / 800-423-2111
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic, 5283 Old Brownsville Rd, 361-806-5600 / Fax: 361-806-5642
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi PACT Annex, 5227 Old Brownsville Rd, Suite 11, 361-806-5600
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi VA Specialty Outpatient Clinic, 205 S. Enterprize Pkwy, 361-939-6510
Dallas: Polk Street VA Annex Clinic, 4243 S. Polk St, 214-372-8100
Fort Worth: Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic, 2201 SE Loop 820, 800-443-9672 / 817-730-0000 / Fax: 817-730-0601
Harlingen: Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, 2106 Treasure Hills Blvd, 956-366-4500 / Fax: 956-366-4501
Katy: Katy VA Outpatient Clinic, 750 Westgreen Blvd, 281-578-4600 / Fax: 281-579-1925
Laredo: Laredo VA Outpatient Clinic, 4602 N. Bartlett, 956-523-7850
Lubbock: Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic, 6104 Avenue Q South Dr, 806-472-3400
McAllen: McAllen Outpatient Clinic, 901 E. Hackberry Ave, 956-618-7100 / Fax: 956-992-9847
San Antonio: Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinic, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Suites A-10 and A-88, 210-732-1802
San Antonio: Frank M. Tejeda VA Outpatient Clinic, 5788 Eckhert Rd, 210-699-2100
San Antonio: North Central Federal Clinic, 17440 Henderson Pass, 210-483-2900
San Antonio: San Antonio Dental Clinic, 8410 Data Point, 210-949-8900 / Fax: 210-949-8903
San Antonio: Shavano Park Outpatient Clinic, 4350 Lockhill-Selma Rd, Ste 200, 210-949-3773
Temple: Temple VA PACT Clinic, 4501 South General Bruce Dr, Suite 75
Tyler: Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, 7916 S. Broadway Ave, 855-375-6930 / 903-266-5900
Tyler: Tyler VA Specialty Care Clinic, 3430 Golden Rd, 855-375-6930
Victoria: Victoria Outpatient Clinic, 1908 N Laurent St, Ste 150, 361-582-7700

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Abilene: Abilene CBOC, 3850 Ridgemont Dr, 325-695-3252 / Fax: 325-695-3414
Beaumont: Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, 3420 Veterans Circle, 409-981-8550 / 800-833-7734 / Fax: 409-981-8563
Beeville: Beeville CBOC, 302 South Hillside Dr, 361-358-9912 / Fax: 361-362-2101
Bridgeport: Bridgeport CBOC, 806 Woodrow Wilson Ray Cir, 940-683-2538 / Fax: 940-683-1750
Brownwood: Brownwood CBOC, 2600 Memorial Park Dr, 325-641-0568
Cedar Park: Cedar Park CBOC, 701 Whitestone Blvd, 512-260-1368
Childress: Childress Clinic, 1001 Highway 83 North, 940-937-8528
College Station: Bryan/College Station CBOC, 1651 Rock Prairie Rd, Ste 100, 979-680-0361
Conroe: Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic, 690 South Loop 336 West, 3rd & 4th floors, 936-522-4000 / 800-553-2278 x10900 / Fax: 936-522-4020
Dalhart: Dalhart VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 325 Denver Ave, 806-249-0673
Denton: Denton CBOC, 2223 Colorado Blvd, 940-891-6350 / Fax: 940-891-6105
El Paso: Eastside El Paso CBOC, 2400 Trawood Dr, Ste 200, 915-217-2428
Fort Stockton: Fort Stockton VA Outreach Clinic, 2071 North Main St, 432-685-2110
Galveston: Galveston VA Outpatient Clinic, 3828 Avenue N, 409-761-3200 / 800-553-2278 x11000 / Fax: 409-761-3204
Granbury: Granbury CBOC, 601 Fall Creek Hwy, 817-326-3902 / Fax: 817-326-3952
Greenville: Greenville CBOC, 4006 Wellington Rd, Ste 100, 903-450-1143 / Fax: 903-450-0485
LaGrange: LaGrange VA Outreach Clinic, 890 E Travis St, 979-968-5878
Lake Jackson: Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, 208 Oak Dr South, 979-230-4852 / Fax: 979-230-4863
Longview: Longview CBOC, 1005 N Eastman Rd, 903-247-8262 / Fax: 903-247-8274
Lufkin: Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic, 2206 North John Redditt Dr, 936-671-4300 / 800-209-3120 / Fax: 936-671-4332
New Braunfels: New Braunfels CBOC, 705 Landa St, Suite C, 830-643-0717 / Fax: 830-629-2438
Odessa: Permian Basin CBOC
Palestine: Palestine CBOC, 8050 E. Hwy 191, 432-685-2110 / Fax: 432-685-2158   , 2000 South Loop 256, Ste 124, 903-723-9006 / Fax: 903-723-1537
Richmond: Richmond VA Outpatient Clinic, 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, 832-595-7700 / 800-553-2278 x10000 / Fax: 832-595-7720
San Angelo: San Angelo Clinic, 2018 Pulliam, 325-658-6138 / Fax: 325-658-8104
San Antonio: Northeast 410 /San Antonio CBOC, 2391 NE Loop 410, Ste 101, 210-590-0247 / Fax: 210-590-3512
San Antonio: Northwest 410/San Antonio CBOC, 4318 Woodcock, Ste 120, 210-736-4051 / Fax: 210-736-4449
San Antonio: Pecan Valley CBOC, 4243 E Southcross, Ste 204, 210-337-4316 / Fax; 210-337-4380
San Antonio: South Bexar Outpatient Clinic, 4610 E Southcross Blvd, Ste 100, 210-648-1491
San Antonio: SW Military CBOC, 1714 SW Military Dr, Suite 101, 210-923-0777 / 210-923-0888
Seguin: Seguin CBOC, 526 E. Court St, 830-372-1697 / Fax: 830-372-1257
Sherman: Sherman CBOC, 3811 US 75 N, 903-487-0477
Stamford: Stamford Clinic, 1601 N Columbia, 325-695-3252
Texas City: Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expy, Ste 206, 409-986-2900 / 800-553-2278 x10500 / Fax: 409-986-2910
Tomball: Tomball VA Outpatient Clinic, 1200 W. Main St, 281-516-1505 / Fax 281-516-9390
Wichita Falls: Wichita Falls CBOC, 1800 7th St, 940-257-0000

Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Abilene: Taylor County Vet Center, 3564 N 6th St, 325-232-7925 / Fax: 325-232-7948
Amarillo: Amarillo Vet Center, 3414 Olsen Blvd, Ste E, 806-354-9779 / Fax: 806-351-1104
Austin: Austin Vet Center, 2015 S. I.H. 35, Southcliff Bldg, Ste 101, 512-416-1314 / Fax: 512-416-7019
Beaumont: Jefferson County Vet Center, 990 IH10 North, Site 180, 409-347-0124 / Fax: 409-896-5539
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi Vet Center, 4646 Corona, Ste 250, 361-854-9961 / Fax: 361-854-4730
Dallas: 3B RCS South Central Regional Office, 4500 S Lancaster Rd, Bldg 69, 214-857-1254  Dallas: Dallas Vet Center, 8610 Greenville Ave., Ste 125, 214-361-5896 / Fax: 214-361-0981
El Paso: El Paso Vet Center, 1155 Westmoreland, Ste 121, 915-772-0013 / Fax: 915-772-3983
Ft. Worth: Fort Worth Vet Center, 6620 Westworth Blvd, Westworth Village, 817-921-9095 / Fax: 817-921-9438
Harker Heights: Killeen Heights Vet Center, 302 Millers Crossing, Ste #4, 254-953-7100 / Fax: 254-953-7120
Houston: Harris County Vet Center, 14300 Cornerstone Village Dr, Ste 110, 281-537-7812 / Fax: 281-583-8800
Houston: Houston Vet Center, 3000 Richmond Ave, Ste 355, 713-523-0884 / Fax: 713-523-4513
Houston: Houston West Vet Center, 701 N Post Oak Rd, Ste 102, 713-682-2288 / Fax: 713-682-7818
Laredo: Laredo Vet Center, 6999 McPherson Rd, Ste 102, 956-723-4680 / Fax: 956-723-9144
Lubbock: Lubbock Vet Center, 3106 50th St, Ste 400, 806-792-9782 / Fax: 806-792-9785
McAllen: McAllen Vet Center, 2108 S M St, MedPoint Plaza, Unit 2, 956-631-2147 / Fax: 956-631-2430
Mesquite: Dallas County Vet Center, 502 West Kearney, Ste 300, 972-288-8030 / Fax: 972-288-8051
Midland: Midland Vet Center, 4400 N. Midland Drive, Ste 540, 432-697-8222 / Fax: 432-697-0561
Pantego: Tarrant County Vet Center, 3337 W Pioneer Pkwy, Northlake Center, 817-274-0981 / Fax: 817-274-9712
San Antonio: San Antonio NE Vet Center, 9504 IH 35 N, Ste 214, 210-650-0422 / Fax: 210-650-0169
San Antonio: San Antonio NW Vet Center, 9910 W Loop 1604 N, Ste 126, 210-688-0606 / Fax: 210-688-3421

VISN
Arlington: VISN 17: VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, 2301 E Lamar Blvd, Suite 650, 817-652-1111

Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
- 800-827-1000
Waco: Waco Regional Benefit Office
Houston: Houston Regional Benefit Office, 701 Clay Ave  , 6900 Almeda Rd

Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi NAS, Corpus Christi VSC Office
Fort Sam Houston: Fort Sam Houston, Brook Army Medical Center/Center for the Intrepid, Room 303
San Antonio: Brooks AFB, Military Personnel Office
San Antonio: Lackland AFB, ACAP Center, 334-213-33012 ext 3789
San Antonio: Laughlin AFB, San Antonio Outbased VSC Office/Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic
San Antonio: Randolf AFB, Military Personnel Office
Dyess AFB: Dyess AFB, Airman & Family Readiness Flight
El Paso: Fort Bliss, El Paso Outbased Benefits Office
Fort Hood: Fort Hood, Copeland Soldiers Service Center
Goodfellow AFB: Goodfellow AFB, Airman & Family Readiness Flight

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Dallas: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, 214-467-3374 / Fax: 214-467-3316
El Paso: Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Ave, P.O. Box 6342, 915-564-0201 / Fax: 915-564-3746
Houston: Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, 281-447-8686 / Fax: 281-447-0580
Kerrville: Kerrville National Cemetery, VAMC, 3600 Memorial Blvd, 210-820-3891 / Fax: 210-820-3445
San Antonio: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, 210-820-3891 / Fax: 210-820-3445
San Antonio: San Antonio National Cemetery517 Paso Hondo St, 210-820-3891 / Fax: 210-820-3445

VA Central Offices
Austin: Austin Automation Center, 1615 Woodward St, Suite 800, 512-326-6005
Austin: Austin, Financial Services Center, 1615 Woodward St, Suite 650, 877-353-9791

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Military Installations in Texas

Please see the Texas Resource Locator for additional information.

  

Active Duty
Army
Fort Bliss
Fort Hood
Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston
Corpus Christi Army Depot
Red River Army Depot 

Navy
Corpus Christi Naval Air Station
Kingsville Naval Air Station 

Air Force
Joint Base San Antonio
Sheppard AFB
Dyess AFB
Goodfellow AFB
Laughlin AFB 

National Guard
Texas Military Department
Texas Army National Guard
Texas Air National Guard
Texas State Guard

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth

  


Resources
 

http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Home.aspx 

http://www.txdot.gov/ 

 http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isflash=1

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-new-york-wyoming#TEXAS 

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

http://www.glo.texas.gov/vlb/

http://txdmv.gov/motorists/for-our-troops 

http://txdmv.gov/reports-and-data/forms-reports/cat_view/21-forms/23-motorists/159-license-plates/164-military-and-veterans 

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/driverlicense/index.htm

http://ftp.txdmv.gov/pub/txdot-info/vtr/military_packet.pdf 

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.661.htm 

http://veterans.portal.texas.gov/en/pages/default.aspx

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/texas.aspx

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Document Review Date: 26 April 2016