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Summary of Texas Military and Veterans Benefits: 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 Surviving Spouses 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 .


Texas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Texas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?:

Texas Retirement Income Taxes : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Texas Retired Military Pay Taxes : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Texas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Texas State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Texas State Tax Benefits : Texas does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Texas.

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Texas Residence Homestead Tax Exemptions: Property tax in Texas is a locally assessed and locally administered tax. There is no state property tax. Property tax brings in the most money of all taxes available to local government to pay for schools, roads, police and firemen, emergency response services, libraries, parks and other services provided by local government.

Texas offers a variety of partial or total (absolute) exemptions from appraised property values used to determine local property taxes. A partial exemption removes a percentage or a fixed dollar amount of a property's value from taxation. A total (absolute) exemption excludes the entire property from taxation. Taxing units are mandated by the state to offer certain (mandatory) exemptions and have the option to decide locally on whether or not to offer others (local option).

Exemptions from property tax require applications in most circumstances. Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with appraisal districts. The general deadline for filing an exemption application is before May 1. Appraisal district chief appraisers are responsible for determining whether or not property qualifies for an exemption.

Tax Code exemption requirements are extensive. Property owners should read applicable statutes carefully. The Comptroller's publication Texas Property Tax Exemptions (PDF) offers a short summary of the exemption provisions. The sections below provide general information regarding the Texas Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans, Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 6 5 and Texas Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of Service Members Killed in Action.

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Texas Property Tax Exemption for 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 ). Please view the Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information or to apply.

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Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans/Veterans over age 6 5: 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. Please view the Texas Application for Disabled Veteran's or Survivors Exemption for more information or to apply.

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Texas Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of Service Members 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 Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information or to apply. ( Texas Property Code §11.133 )

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: Funded by the State of Texas, the State Tuition Assistance Program (STRP) is an education benefit that provides money for college to eligible members of the Texas Military Department pursuing their educational and career goals.

Those interested in applying for State TA for the 2018-2019 academic year should check here at the beginning of July, applications for the new school year will be posted at that time.
Eligibility:

  • Active drilling members in “Good Standing” with TXARNG, TXANG or TXSG.

  • Eligible ranks are: Enlisted (E1-E9), Officers (O1-O5) and Warrant Officers (W1-W3).

  • Applicants must be accepted and registered in a Texas qualifying college or university for a minimum of 3 semester credit hours. Part-time or full-time students are eligible.

  • Applicants must have completed Basic Training prior to the start of the semester. TXSG must complete BOT, RBOT or AIT.

  • Members must continue to serve in their component through the end of the semester. As of the date of signature on the application, the Service Member’s Expiration of Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Retirement Date (MRD) must be a date after the official last day of class. State Guard Members do not have a contract ETS date, but must serve through the end of the semester in order to receive the award payment.

  • ROTC (GRFD and DANG) Cadets utilizing the Room & Board scholarship option or non-scholarship contracts are eligible.

  • AGR are not eligible.

  • Eligible school must be a public or private Texas state college or university with headquarters in Texas as defined in Texas Education Code Section 61.003. For profit schools are not eligible.

  • Must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA

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Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: The Texas Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, 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.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: To be Eligible 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.

( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

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Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children: Spouses and dependent Children of eligible Active Duty, Reserve, and Texas National Guard 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 are entitled to each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children? To be Eligible 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.

To be eligible 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.

( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

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Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Child Legacy Act: Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a Child under certain conditions.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption
Child Legacy Act? To be eligible, the Child must:

  • Qualify for resident tuition;

  • Be the biological Child, step-Child, 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.

Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours reported by the institution for that term or semester. Maximum degree certified hours awarded to the Legacy recipient will be dependent upon the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled for that term or semester and shall be consistent with the program length as defined within the school catalog as approved by the regional accreditation commission.

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.
( Texas Education Code §54.341 )

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Texas "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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Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime 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.
Who is eligible for Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? 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 Texas Application for High School Diplomas for Certain Veterans 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 512-463-9374 if you have questions.

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Texas 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, Texas Commissioner Designee
Senior Director
Curriculum Standards and Student Support
Texas Education Agency
Address: 1701 N. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701-1494
Email: shelly.ramos@tea.texas.gov
Phone: 512-463-9581

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Texas State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty: A person who is an officer or employee of this state, a municipality, a county, or another political subdivision of this state and who is a member of the Texas military forces, a reserve component of the Armed Forces, or a member of a state or federally authorized urban search and rescue team is entitled to a paid leave of absence from the person's duties on a day on which the person is engaged in authorized training or duty ordered or authorized by proper authority for not more than 15 workdays in a fiscal year.  During a leave of absence, the person may not be subjected to loss of time, efficiency rating, personal time, sick leave, or vacation time.
Who is eligible for Texas State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty?
State employees in the Guard or Reserve for active duty (annual training), active duty training, and inactive duty training (drill) are eligible for a paid leave of absence.

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Reemployment to Same Position in Texas State Employment Following Military Service: A public employee who leaves a state position or a position with a local governmental entity to enter active military service is entitled to be reemployed:

  • By the state or the local governmental entity;

  • In the same department, office, commission, or board of this state, a state institution, or local governmental entity in which the employee was employed at the time of the employee's induction or enlistment in, or order to, active military service;  and in

    • The same position held at the time of the induction, enlistment, or order;  or

    • A position of similar seniority, status, and pay.

Who is eligible for Reemployment to Same Position in Texas State Employment Following Military Service? A Service member that is 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 remains physically and mentally qualified to perform the duties of that position.

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Reemployment to a Different Position in Texas State Employment 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.
Who is eligible for Reemployment to a Different Position in Texas State Employment Following Military Service: A Service member that is 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 is no longer able to physically and/ or mentally qualified to perform the duties of their previous position.

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Texas State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: –or 04 (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.
Who is eligible for Texas State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference?
An individual qualifies for Veteran's employment 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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Federal Veterans Hiring Preferences: 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, Surviving Spouses 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 Surviving Spouse) 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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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, he or she is deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Texas State Retirement Military Service Credit: Non-retired Veterans are entitled to claim their active duty military time toward State retirement. After your first retirement contribution has posted with Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), you can buy up to 60 months of eligible active duty United States military service to establish service credit.

Who is eligible for Texas State Retirement Military Service Credit? Non-retired Veterans who are employed by the State of Texas are eligible for military service credit.

  • You must not be eligible for a full military retirement benefit.

  • Your military discharge must not be dishonorable.

  • ERS needs a copy of your military service record (such as your DD214 or NGB23). If you have not submitted your military service record, you have four options to deliver it to us:

    • Email the completed and signed form to erscustomer.service@ers.texas.gov ,

    • Fax it to -512- 867-7438,

    • Mail it to PO Box 13207, Austin, TX 78711-3207, or

    • Hand deliver it to 200 E 18th St., Austin, TX 78701. A drop box is available.

  • Military service credit that has been purchased cannot be used for retirement until you have accrued five years of ERS service credit.

If you purchase this service during your first year of employment with the State, you’ll avoid paying interest. After your first year of employment, 10% interest will apply for each fiscal year (on September 1) from the date of employment to the purchase date.

Purchased military service will be included in the calculation of an active employee's death benefit and in the calculation of an annuity for an occupational disability retirement.

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Texas 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. TWC cannot pay benefits for weeks before your claim effective date.
Who is eligible for Texas Unemployment Insurance? TWC evaluates your unemployment benefits claim based on:

  • Past wages

  • Job separation(s)

  • Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must meet all requirements in each of these three areas to qualify for unemployment benefits.

If you served in the military during your base period as defined in your military wages qualify you for benefits if:

  • You are physically in Texas when filing the claim.

  • 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 180 days of continuous active service, beginning on or after November 25, 2015, as a reservist or member of the National Guard, and received a Form DD214 when separated, OR served at least 90 days of continuous active service, beginning on or before November 24, 2015, as a reservist or member of the National Guard, and received a Form DD214 when separated. After applying for unemployment benefits, you will have to send in a copy of your Form DD214; it must be any one of member copy 4 through 8.

You can apply for unemployment Compensation in one of two ways:

  • Call a Tele-Center at 1-800-939-6631 and speak to a customer service representative.

You will need the following information to apply:

  • Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number

  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.

  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)

  • Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking

  • Alien Registration number (if not a U.S. citizen)

Learn more about Texas Unemployment Insurance

Texas Workforce Commission Veterans' Service Program: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) provides employment, job 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

Learn more about Texas Workforce Commission Veterans' Service Program

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.

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.

Learn more about Texas Veterans' Commission Veterans Employment Assistance

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

"Veteran" Designation for Texas Driver Licenses or Identification Cards: The Texas Department of Public Safety (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 Texas Department of Public Safety, Driver License or Identification Card Fees for a duplicate license; disabled Veterans who qualify for a no-fee driver license will not be charged the duplicate license fee.
Who is eligible for "Veteran" Designation for Texas Driver Licenses or Identification Cards? 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:

*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

Learn more about "Veteran" Designation for Texas Driver Licenses or Identification Cards

Free Driver's Texas Drivers’ 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.

To qualify for a fee exemption, Veterans must present documents to verify their disability status while at the driver license office. If renewing by mail, the verification documents must be included with the renewal invitation. Once the disability status is established, the Veteran will be eligible to use online services for fee-exempt driver license transactions.
Who is eligible for a Free Driver's Texas Drivers’ License for Disabled Veterans? 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

Learn more about Free Driver's Texas Drivers’ License for Disabled Veterans

Texas Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The Texas Department of Public Safety offers 185 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below.
Who is eligible for Texas Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates?
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.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Fees
Texas Department of Public Safety Inspection Fees
Texas Department of Motor Vehicle Forms

Learn more about Texas Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates

Texas Disabled Veteran License 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, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/ or License 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.

Learn more about Texas Disabled Veteran License Plate

Texas Army Honorably Discharged License Plate: The State of Texas offers the Army Honorable Discharged license plates to Honorably Discharged Veterans, for passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles/ mopeds, trailers and travel trailers. There is no specialty plate fee; however, you will be required to pay the registration fee and other applicable fees. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Armed Forces, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Civil Air Patrol License Plates Form VTR-424 with appropriate documentation is required.

Learn more about the Texas Army Honorably Discharged License Plate

Texas Medal of Honor License 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. 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.

Learn more about the Texas Medal of Honor License Plate

Texas Purple Heart License Plate: The State of Texas offers the Purple Heart license plate to Purple Heart Recipients, for passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles/ mopeds. There is a $3.00 specialty plate fee; plus, you will be required to pay the registration fee and other applicable fees. Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Recognition License Plates Form VTR-422 with appropriate documentation is required.

Learn more about the Texas Purple Heart License Plate

Gold Star License Plates: The State of Texas honors the Family members of Service members that have died in the service of their nation by offering the following plates for use on passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles/ mopeds:

There is no special plate fee. Form VTR-423 and supporting documentation is required.

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

State Sponsored 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:

  • Free life insurance for their first-year for new enlistees that complete a policy application 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 of $3.66 will begin to continue your $10,000 coverage.

One year free National Guard Association of Texas Membership with Policy.

Who is eligible for State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of the Texas National Guard? Service members in the Texas National Guard and their dependents are eligible.

Learn more about State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of the Texas National Guard

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance ( FSGLI )

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance ( S-DVI )

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Texas National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty : Workers Compensation equivalent to State employees for Texas National Guard Service members injured, disabled, or killed while engaged in authorized training or duty.
Who is eligible for Texas National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty : National Guard Service member's injury occurs while serving on state active duty.

Learn more about Texas National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death covered under Workers’ Compensation Laws during State Active Duty

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident and Non- Resident 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 and saltwater fishing with red drum tag, upland game bird, and migratory bird). The Federal Waterfowl Stamp is not included.
Who is eligible for Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident and Non- Resident Disabled Veterans? 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 50% 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.

Learn more about the Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident and Non- Resident Disabled Veterans

Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident 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.
Who is eligible for the Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Active Duty Military? 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.

Learn more about the Free Texas "Super Combo" Hunting and Fishing License for Resident Active Duty Military

Texas 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.

Learn more Texas Non-Resident Active Duty Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Free Admission to Texas State Parks for Veterans: A Texas Parklands Passport-Veteran provides free admission to Texas State parks for Veterans with qualifying service-connected disabilities.
Who is eligible for Free Admission to Texas State Parks for Veterans?
Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of at least 60% or loss of lower extremity are eligible. They do not need to reside in Texas to qualify. Present one of the following to get your passport:

  • Disabled Veterans of Texas license plate receipt

  • Veteran's award letter (which establishes the degree of disability)

  • Tax exemption letter for Texas Veterans.

Learn more about Free Admission to Texas State Parks for Veterans

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans 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.

Who is eligible for The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB Program)? 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.

Learn more about The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB Program)

Texas VLB 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 $150,000; a $325 appraisal fee is due at the time of application.

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.

Learn more about Texas VLB Land Loans

Texas VLB 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 $453,100 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).

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.

Learn more about the Texas VLB Veterans Housing Assistance Program

Texas VLB Veterans Housing Improvement Program : The VLB introduced the Veterans Home Improvement Program (VHIP) in 1986 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 consult the Texas Veterans Home Improvement Program Eligible and Ineligible Improvements Fact Sheet for more information. 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).

To qualify, the property must meet the following requirements:

  • 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.

Learn more about the Texas VLB Veterans Housing Improvement Program

Free Recording of Discharges for Texas Veterans: The county clerk in each county is required to record, free of charge, the official discharge papers (DD 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.

Learn more about Free Recording of Discharges for Texas Veterans

No Cost Medical Records for Texas Veterans: 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.

Learn more about No Cost Medical Records for Texas Veterans

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. VEPs team of experienced business consultants accomplishes this in four primary ways.

  • Provide community outreach through a series of informational seminars, e-newsletters, and participation in resource partner events.

  • Provide a Business Education and Skills Training (BEST) resource library to direct Veteran entrepreneurs to the many informational and partner resources available for starting and running a business.

  • Provide personalized business assistance to help guide you through all phases of your business from start-up to growth and finally exit.

  • Document Veterans Honorable discharge status in accordance with Senate Bill 1049.

The VEP team can assist with a myriad of typical business start-up needs such as; funding sources, regulatory considerations, business formation, franchising, business plan development, government contracting, and so much more.

Learn more about the Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program

Texas State Veterans Homes: The Texas State Veterans Homes provide 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. .
Who is eligible for care at the Texas State Veterans Homes?
Requirements for admission to a Texas Veterans Home:

  • Texas Veterans recognized as an "eligible Veteran" by the U.S. 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.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eligibility Requirements

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Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program: Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans their Spouses, and eligible dependents for their dedicated service to our country. Texas State Veterans Cemetery program currently has 4 cemeteries operating in Killeen, Mission, Corpus Christi, and Abilene .

There is no charge for the interment of Veterans, their Spouses and eligible dependents. The burial benefit includes military honors for Veterans, the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, presentation of the burial flag to the next of kin, a Presidential certificate, playing of Taps, a gun salute, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran's casket or urn and will assist with requesting military honors.

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.
Who is eligible for Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery? The following are the general eligibility requirements to be buried at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery

  • Veterans and members of Armed Forces;

  • Certain Members of Reserve Components & Reserve Officer Training Corps;

  • Commissioned Officers of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Services;

  • World War II Merchant Marines;

  • Philippine Armed Forces;

  • Spouses and Dependents (however, burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution.)

Note : Eligibility requirements for a Texas State Cemetery are the same as for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can be seen at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage or by calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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).

Learn more about the Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Texas:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Texas: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Texas

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Texas: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 6 national cemeteries in Texas. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Texas

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Military Installations in Texas

Please see the Texas Military 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 - Lackland
Joint Base San Antonio – Randolf

Sheppard AFB
Dyess AFB
Goodfellow AFB
Laughlin AFB

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

136th Airlift Wing
147th Attack Wing
149th Fighter Wing

Texas State Guard

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth

Army Reserve
63rd Readiness Division


Resources

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

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans/

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

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

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https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/

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Document Review Date: 04 October 2018
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