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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 Land Board loan program, Texas National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, Veterans’ employment preference, vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Texas Veterans Commission Claims Department: The Texas Veterans Commission has trained Claims Benefit Advisors that can assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/ Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are free of charge. Please Call 800-252-8387 for more assistance.
Texas Veterans Commission Claims Department Offices Directory
Texas Veterans Commission Online Contact Form

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Texas Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Texas Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Texas Income Taxes: Texas does not have a state income tax on an individual’s income.

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Texas Homestead Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled or Unemployable Veterans: Property tax in Texas is a locally assessed and locally administered tax. There is no state property tax. The Comptroller's publication Texas Property Tax Exemptions offers a short summary of the available property tax exemptions.

Veterans who receive compensation from the VA for a service-connected disability rating of 100% disabled or of individual unemployability are eligible for 100% property tax exemption on their homestead.

An unremarried Surviving Spouse can continue to receive this exemption if they continue to live on the homestead after the Veteran dies. A Surviving Spouse can receive this exemption on a subsequent homestead if they do not remarry. The amount of the exemption on the subsequent homestead will be the same dollar amount of the exemption on the first homestead.

A Veteran who qualifies for more than one property exemption is only eligible for one exemption but may choose the greatest exemption they qualify for. Please view the Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption for more information and how to apply. Texas Property Tax Code 11.131
Texas Homestead Property Tax Exemption, 100% Disabled Veteran and Surviving Spouse Frequently Asked Questions

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Texas Property Tax Exemption for Partially Disabled Veterans / Veterans over age 65: Texas offers a partial property tax exemption for partially disabled Veterans. The amount of the exemption is based on the percentage of service-connected disability the VA awarded the Veteran.

Disability exemption amounts:

  • $5,000 for 10% - 29% disability rating

  • $7,500 for 30% - 49% disability rating

  • $10,000 50% - 69% disability rating

  • $12,000 70% - 99% disability rating.

Disabled Veterans 65 years old or over can receive a property tax exemption of $12,000 and must meet the one of following requirements:

  • Service-connected disability rating of at least 10%

  • Totally blind in one or both eyes

  • Lost or lost the use of one or more limbs.

An unremarried Surviving Spouse or Child (under 18 and unmarried) of a qualifying disabled Veteran that dies are eligible for this exemption.

A Veteran who qualifies for more than one property exemption is only eligible for one exemption but may choose the greatest exemption they qualify for. Please view the Texas Application for Disabled Veteran's or Survivor’s Exemption for more information and how to apply. Texas Property Tax Code 11.22

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Texas Property Tax Exemption for Spouses and Children of Service Members Killed in Action: An unremarried Surviving Spouse or Child (under 18 and unmarried) of a of a Serviceyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery member that dies in action while on active in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 100% property tax exemption on their homestead.

Please view the Texas Application for Residence Homestead Exemption Application for more information and how to apply.
Texas Property Tax Code 11.133

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

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

STA will provide up to 6 credit hours of tuition and mandatory fees, not to exceed $2,250. Applicants registered for more than 6 credit hours per semester can request for an award upgrade. Award upgrades will provide up to 12 credit hours of tuition and mandatory fees, not to exceed $4,500.

Undergraduate students have top priority for upgrades. Upgrade approval is subject to availability of funds.

Award amounts are based on, available funding, the number of eligible applicants for that semester and a student’s successful completion of courses.

State Tuition Assistance funding is:

  • Available for Fall and Spring academic semesters only, payments are issued only at the end of the standard Fall and Spring semesters

  • Private school awards are based on the average size of awards for public schools each semester which is normally around $1800 for undergraduate students and $2,000 for graduate students

  • Out-of-State/ Non-resident tuition charges are not eligible for reimbursement

  • State tuition assistance is available for five academic years or ten semesters.

  • Incomplete, dropped or failed classes are not eligible for reimbursement.

  • Continuing education classes that do not earn academic credits do not qualify for funding.

Texas STA Online Application

Who is eligible for STA?

  • Active drilling members in “Good Standing” in the Texas Army or Air National Guard

  • Pay grades E1-E9 (enlisted), O1-O5 (commissioned officers) and W1-W3 (warrant officers)

  • Service members 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

  • Service members must continue to serve through the end of the semester, the Service member’s Expiration of Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Retirement Date (MRD) must be after the official last day of class

  • ROTC (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) Cadets utilizing the Room and Board scholarship option or non-scholarship contracts are eligible

  • STA can be used with other federal and state tuition assistance

  • Active Guard Reserve Service members are not eligible

  • Service members must attend a public or private college or university with headquarters in Texas, for profit schools are not eligible

  • Must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Learn more about the Texas National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

Texas hazelwood act logo Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: The Texas Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, a tuition exemption of most fee charges for up to 150 credit hours at public institutions of higher education. This does not include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Veterans: Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Designated Texas as their home of record at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Texas, or was a Texas resident

  • Received an honorable discharge or separation (must be indicated on the Veteran's DD214 or certificate of release)

  • Served at least 181 days on active duty (excluding training)

  • Have no federal Veteran's education benefits remaining that exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits, (Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant recipients may still apply)

  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by Texas

  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (meaning a course that does not depend only on student tuition and fees to cover its cost)

  • Meet the GPA requirements and show satisfactory academic progress in a degree or certificate program as an undergraduate student and not considered to be taking an excessive amount of credit hours.

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, Supporting Documentation Instructions
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 active and reserve component Service members who were killed in action (KIA) or as a result of a service-connected injury or illness, is declared missing in action (MIA), or who became totally disabled and unemployable due to a service-connected injury or illness may each receive a 150 credit hours exemption.
Who is eligible for Texas Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption Benefit for Spouses and Dependent Children? Spouse and Child eligibility requirements:

  • Spouse or Child of a Veteran who designated Texas as their home of record at the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Texas, or was a Texas resident

  • Spouse or Child of a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, who was KIA or as a result of a service-connected injury or illness, is declared MIA, or who became totally disabled and unemployable due to a service-connected injury or illness

  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by Texas

  • Have no federal Veteran's education benefits remaining that exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits, (Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant recipients may still apply)

  • Texas resident for tuition purposes

  • Meet the GPA requirements and show satisfactory academic progress in a degree or certificate program as an undergraduate student and not considered to be taking an excessive amount of credit hours, (this requirement does not apply to the Spouse or Child of a MIA, KIA, or service-connected deceased Veteran).

Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, Supporting Documentation Instructions
Texas Education Code 54.341

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

  • Texas resident for tuition purposes

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

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

  • Meet the GPA requirements and show satisfactory academic progress in a degree or certificate program as an undergraduate student and not considered to be taking an excessive amount of credit hours.

Legacy recipients will receive an exemption for the number of degree certified hours. The maximum number of hours awarded depends on the degree or certificate program and should be within the normal length of time to complete their degree or receive their certificate.

If a Child does not use all the assigned hours, a Veteran may re-assign the unused hours to another dependent Child. Only one Child can use the Hazlewood Act at a time.
Texas Hazlewood Act Exemption Application, Supporting Documentation Instructions
Texas Education Code 54.341

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Texas "TAPS" Tuition Voucher Program: Students in 6th through 12th grade or in a postsecondary school will receive a $25 tuition voucher each time they play "Taps" during military funeral honors.

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Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Highschool diplomas may be issued to wartime Veterans that left school to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Texas High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? Veteran eligibility requirements:

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

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

  • Left school after completing 6th grade or higher, but before graduating from high school, to serve in:

    • World War II

    • Korean War

    • Vietnam War

    • Persian Gulf War

    • Iraq War

    • Any other formally declared war or military engagement.

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. These diplomas can be requested posthumously.

Please contact the Texas Education Agency's Division of Curriculum at 512-463-9581 if you have questions.
Texas Education Code 28.0251

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Texas Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Points of Contact
Phone: 512-463-9581

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Texas Purple Star Designation for Military-Friendly Schools : The Texas Purple Star Designation for military-friendly Schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and Families connected to The U.S. Armed Forces. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their building and are recognizedTexas Purple Star Designation on the Texas Education Agency website.

For a school to qualify for the Purple Star designation they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families. For more information, please email militaryconnectedstudents@tea.texas.gov.

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Texas State Employee Paid Leave for Military Duty: Texas state, county, municipality or political subdivision employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for paid leave to attend authorized training or duty for 15 workdays in a fiscal year. During military leave the employee Texas National Guard Armorymay not lose 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 a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for a paid military leave.

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Reemployment in Texas State Employment Following Military Service: A state or local government employee who leaves to enter active military service is entitled to be reemployed Texas ARNG dutyto the same position or a position of similar seniority, status and pay.
Who is eligible for Reemployment in Texas State Employment Following Military Service? Service members have five years from the date of their entry into military service to reapply for their previous position. Service members must have received an honorable discharge and must be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of their position to be eligible.

An employee who cannot perform the duties of their previous position, due to a service-connected disability they received during service in the U.S. Armed Forces, must be employed to a position they can perform and that has similar seniority, status, and pay as their former position.

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Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members, Veterans and Spouses: TDLR offers professional licensing benefits to Service members, Veterans and military Spouses. TLDR provides the following benefits:

  • Service members and Veterans may use military experience and training to meet the requirements of a Texas occupational license

  • If a Service member’s, Service member’s Spouse or Veteran’s Texas occupational license expires during their time on active duty, they are eligible for:

    • Additional two years to complete license renewal

    • No renewal fees

    • Expedited renewal process

    • Waiving of the examination requirement

  • Offer expedited processing for current out of state occupational licenses.

In addition, TDLR offers Service members’ Spouse’s assistance when transferring licenses from other states and will expedite applications for new licenses.
Who is eligible for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members, Veterans and Spouses?

Service Members: Service members in active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that is currently serving on active duty are eligible.

Veterans: Veterans who have served on active duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, for any length of time, and have since been discharged.

Spouse : A Spouse who is currently married to an active duty Service member.

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Texas State Agency Contract Preference for Disabled Veterans: All state agencies, when purchasing goods, including agricultural goods, must give first preference to goods produced or offered by a resident service-connected disabled Veteran if the cost to the state and quality are equal.

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Texas Veterans Commission On-the-Job Training Program (OJT): The Texas Veterans Commission OJT training programs help Veterans to learn a trade or skill while training on the job rather than by attending a formal program of classroom-based instruction.

OJT training programs provide:

  • Training opportunities for a position the Veteran is not already qualified for

  • Training lasts no less than six months, no more than two years

  • Job training has a defined objective with training outline

  • Training leads to entry-level position

  • Adequate space and equipment are provided

  • Supervision for at least 50% of training/work time

  • Specific recordkeeping requirements and signed agreements

  • Non-commission based wages

  • Beginning wage at least 50% of fully trained employee wage

  • Minimum of one wage increase during the training period

  • Ending wage at least 85% of fully trained employee wage

  • Not applicable to Federal, state, and local government OJT programs.

For more information and to request forms contact education@tvc.texas.gov.

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Texas State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: Texas state agencies must provide a Veterans' hiring preference until they have reached 20% Veteran employment. An individual who qualifies for Veterans’ hiring preference are eligible for preference in state employment over other equally qualified applicants.

If a state employer requires a competitive examination for selecting or promoting employees, an individual eligible for Veterans’ hiring preference who is qualified for that position and received a passing score will have 10 points added to their test score. A Veteran who has a service-connected disability will have an additional five points added to their test score.

Veterans with a service-connected disability that are eligible for Veterans’ hiring preference when a competitive examination is not used will have preference over all other applicants.
Who is eligible for Texas State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference? The following individuals are eligible for Veterans’ hiring preference:

  • Honorably discharged Veterans that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 90 consecutive days during a declared national emergency or was discharged prior to 90 days due to a service-connected disability

  • Honorably discharged Veterans with a service-connected disability, as determined by the VA or their branch of service

  • Veteran's unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Orphan of a Veteran that was killed while on active duty.

Veterans’ preference will be applied in the following order:

  • Veteran with a disability

  • Veteran

  • Veteran's unremarried Surviving Spouse

  • Orphan of a Veteran that was killed while on active duty.

Those eligible for Veterans’ hiring preference are also eligible for preference in retaining employment during a reduction in workforce over equally qualified employees.

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects 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. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include 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 establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if 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 recovering 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 Soldier standing against a building in full combat gearfor military service, 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. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are 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% 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 Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
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 having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
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VETS Regional Office Locations

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Texas State Retirement Military Service Credit: Non-retired Veterans may claim their active duty military time toward state retirement. After a Veteran’s first retirement contribution has posted with the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), they can buy up to 60 months of eligible active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces to establish service credit.
Who is eligible for Texas State Retirement Military Service Credit?
Non-retired Veterans who are Texas state employees are eligible to purchase military service credit. Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Not eligible for military retired pay

  • Received an honorable discharge

Military service credit that has been purchased cannot be used for retirement until the Veteran has accrued five years of ERS service credit.

Veterans must provide ERS a copy of their military service record (DD214 or NGB23). Veterans may:

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

  • Fax to 512-867-7438

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

  • In person to 200 E 18th St., Austin, TX 78701 (drop box is available).

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.
ERS Factsheet
ERS Service Purchase Request for Active Employees

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Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP): VEP helps Veterans to start businesses and grow existing Veteran-owned businesses through business planning, securing of capital, and development of business fundamentals.

The Veteran Entrepreneur Program provides Veterans with business tools, resources, and direct support to ensure business success.
VEP continuously monitors the Texas business market to create programs and develop services to assist Veterans. VEP provides:

  • Community outreach through informational seminars, e-newsletters, and participation in resource partner events

  • Directs Veteran entrepreneurs to informational and partner resources available for starting and running a business

  • Personalized business assistance to help guide Veterans through all phases of their business.

VEP Contact Information:
Address: P.O. Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277
Phone: 512-463-0519
Email: vep@tvc.texas.gov

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UI): The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) administers UI and employment programs. UI 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.

Applicants should apply for benefits as soon as they become unemployed. When applying for UI, the effective date of an initial claim is the Sunday of the week of application. TWC cannot pay benefits for weeks before the claim effective date.
Who is eligible for UI? Applicants must meet all requirements in each of these three areas to qualify for UI:

  • Past wages

  • Job separation(s)

  • Ongoing eligibility requirements.

A former Service member may qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Physically in Texas when filing a claim

  • Separated from the U.S. Armed Forces under honorable conditions and completed their first full term of service

  • Applicants that did not complete their first full term of service, but separated early for a reason specified by Congress as an exception to the full-term requirement

  • Reserve component Service members that served at least 180 days of continuous active service, beginning on or after November 25, 2015, or served at least 90 days of continuous active service, before November 25, 2015, and received a DD214 when separated.

After applying for unemployment benefits, former Service members must send in a copy of their Form DD214 (must be member copy 4 through 8).

Texas Workforce Commission UI Information for Former Service Members

Applicant can apply for UI in one of two ways:

  • Call the Tele-Center at 800-939-6631.

Applying for Unemployment Benefits Tutorial

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • Last employer’s business name, address and phone number

  • First and last dates (month, day and year) they worked for their last employer

  • Most recent number of hours worked and pay rate

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

  • Valid Texas Driver License or ID card number.

Texas Workforce Commission, Unemployment Benefits Handbook

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Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Veterans' Services Program: TWC provides employment, training and related services to Veterans through a network of partnerships, Workforce Solutions offices, dedicated staff, under specified rules, policies, guidance and initiatives. Veterans are given priority of service for all employment, job training and related services provided by TWC.

Veterans can search for jobs, and access information on transition assistance and benefits at Texas Workforce Solutions offices or through the TWC, Just for Veterans webpage.

Services provided to 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

TWC also offers the following services to Veterans:

In addition TWC oversees the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP), which helps Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan find work and succeed in their transition back to civilian life. TVLP Veterans Resource and Referral Specialists , who are Veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, or both, provide referrals to address Veteran’s employment, training, medical, educational, and other needs.

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

‘Veteran’ and ‘Disabled Veteran’ Designation on Texas Driver Licenses or ID Cards: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers a 'Veteran' and ’DisabledTexas veteran license Veteran’ designation on driver licenses and ID 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 ID Card Fees for a duplicate license; disabled Veterans who have a 60% or greater disability and are receiving compensation from the VA are eligible for a no-fee driver license.
Who is eligible for ‘Veteran’ and ‘Disabled Veteran’ Designation on Texas Driver Licenses or ID Cards? Veterans that received an honorable discharge or a general discharge (under honorable conditions) from an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the ‘Veteran’ designation. Disabled Veterans that received an honorable discharge and have a 50% disability rating from the VA or a 40% disability rating and have a lower extremity amputation are eligible for the ‘Disabled Veteran’ designation. Veterans must provide an original or copy of the following documents as proof of their eligibility:

  • DD214

  • DD215

  • NGB22

  • VA disability letter with rating percentage.

Veterans that request the ‘Veteran’ or ‘Disabled Veteran’ designator during their renewal period, may apply by mail or by visiting a Texas DPS Driver License Office. Veterans that are applying outside their renewal period must apply at a Texas DPS Driver License Office.
Texas DPS Driver license Office Directory

In addition, Veterans can request their branch of service to be printed on the license or ID card:

  • Army

  • Navy

  • Marines

  • Coast Guard

  • Air Force

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

to:
Texas Department of Public Safety

Central Cash Receiving
P.O. Box 15999
Austin, TX 78761-5999

Learn more about ‘Veteran’ and ‘Disabled Veteran’ Designation on Texas Driver Licenses or ID Cards

Texas Driver License Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Eligible disabled Veterans can receive a fee exemption for Texas driver licenses and ID cards This exemption does NOT apply to commercial driver licenses. Application must be made prior to the expiration of the Veteran’s license or ID Card.
Who is eligible for a Texas Drivers’ License Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans? Disabled Veterans must meet the following criteria:

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Has a service-connected disability of at least 60%

  • Receiving compensation from the VA for their disability

  • Not subject to sex offender registration requirements.

To receive the fee exemption, Veterans must provide a completed Texas Driver License or ID Card Application and documents to verify their disability and that they received an honorable discharge. Veterans must renew their license in person at a Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Office or by mail at:

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

Once their disability status is established, the Veteran can use online services to renew their license or ID card. To verify their eligibility Veterans must provide the following documentation:

  • Signed VA disability award letter

  • Official documents from the Veteran’s branch of service certifying character of discharge, percentage of disability and that they receive compensation for their disability.

Learn more about the Texas Driver License Fee Exemption for Disabled Veterans

Texas Military and Veteran Special Vehicle License Plates: The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles offers 195 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

All applicants must submit the completed application; payment (if required, personal check, money order, or cashier’s check) and proof of eligibility to their local county tax assessor-collector’s office.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Registration Fees
Texas Department of Public Safety Inspection Fees
Texas Department of Motor Vehicle Forms
Texas County Tax Assessor Directory

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Texas Disabled Veterans Licence Plate Texas Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Texas Disabled Veterans license plate is available for honorably discharged Veterans that have a service-connected VA disability rating of 50% or more, or 40% due to amputation of a lower extremity. This plate may be personalized for a $40 fee.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Disabled Veterans License Plates and/ or Parking Placard Form VTR-615

Veterans with mobility issues and require handicap parking must also submit the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/ or License plate Form VTR-214 .

Learn more about Texas Disabled Veteran License Plate

Honorably Discharged Army Veteran Plate Texas Army Honorably Discharged License Plate: Honorably discharged service members are eligible for the Texas Army Honorably Discharged license plate. Applicants must provide official documentation they received an honorable discharge from the Army. This plate may be personalized for a $40 fee.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Armed Forces, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Civil Air Patrol License Plates Form VTR-424

Learn more about the Texas Army Honorably Discharged License Plate

TX Medal of Honor Army Plate Texas Medal of Honor License Plate: Army Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Texas Army Medal of Honor license plates. Applicants must provide a written request with a copy of their DD214 or a copy of the award certificate to:

Vehicle Titles and Registration
4000 Jackson Avenue
Austin, TX 78732

Learn more about the Texas Medal of Honor License Plate

TX Purple Heart Recipient plate Texas Purple Heart License Plate: Purple Heart recipients are eligible for the Texas Purple Heart license plate. Applicants must provide official documentation they received an honorable discharge and were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. This plate may be personalized for a $40 fee.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Recognition License Plates Form VTR-422

Learn more about the Texas Purple Heart License Plate

Gold Star Mother Plate Texas Gold Star License Plates: Texas Gold Star license plates are available for the Family members of a Service member that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. These license plates are available in the following designs for specific Family members:

All applicants must provide proof of relationship to the Service member and that they died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This plate may be personalized for a $40 fee.
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Application for Military Recognition License Plates Form VTR-423

Learn more about Texas Gold Star License Plates

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

 National Guard Association of Texas logo State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Texas National Guard Service Members: The National Guard Association of Texas offers low cost life insurance for members of the Texas National Guard and their Family members.

SSLI provides:

  • Insurance plans from $10,000 to as much as $50,000

  • Payment of claims within 24 hours

  • Payable by an allotment or by direct bill

  • May insure entire Family

  • Coverage for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No war clauses or aviation exclusions

  • May keep coverage after leaving the National Guard

  • Premiums remain the same until age 65

  • Automatic conversion to a whole life policy without proving insurability

  • Underwritten by AFBA/5STAR.

Free $10,000 Life Insurance for new enlistees during their first year of service. Service members must complete an application within the first 30 days of their enlistment. Service members may continue coverage after their first year for $3.66 per month.

SSLI also provides free $1,000 life insurance policy to all Texas National Guard Service members that are actively serving. Payment is made to the beneficiary of the Service Member's Group Life Insurance policy.

Who is eligible for SSLI for Texas National Guard Service Members? Service members in the Texas National Guard and their dependents are eligible for coverage.

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (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 are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

Texas National Guard Service Members Receive Worker’s Compensation Benefits for Injury, Illness and Death: Workers Compensation equivalent to Texas state employees is provided for Texas National Guard Service members injured, disabled, or killed while serving during authorized training or duty.
Who is eligible to receive Worker’s Compensation Benefits for Injury, Illness and Death :
National Guard Service members are eligible for Texas Worker’s Compensation benefits.

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

Deer in the woods Free Texas Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package for Resident and Non-Resident Disabled Veterans : Resident and nonresident disabled Veterans are eligible for the Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package at no cost. This license includes:

  • Resident hunting license

  • Resident fishing license

  • Archery endorsement

  • Freshwater fishing endorsement

  • Saltwater fishing endorsement with a red drum tag

  • Upland game bird endorsement

  • Migratory game bird endorsement (Federal Duck Stamp is not included, stamp is required for waterfowl hunting).

Who is eligible for Free Texas Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package for Resident and Non-Resident Disabled Veterans? Resident and nonresident Veterans that have lost the use of a foot or leg or have a 50% or more disability rating and receive compensation from the VA are eligible. Veterans must apply in person at a license retailer and will be required to provide official documentation from the VA certifying their disability or provide a Texas Disabled Veteran driver license or ID card.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department License Retailer Directory

Learn more about the Free Texas Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package for Resident and Non-Resident Disabled Veterans

Free Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Licenses for Resident Active Duty Service Members : Active Duty resident Service members are eligible for the Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package, All-Water Fishing Package and the Hunting Package free of charge.

Super Combo Hunting and All-Water Fishing Package includes:

  • Resident hunting license

  • Resident fishing license

  • Archery endorsement

  • Freshwater fishing endorsement

  • Saltwater fishing endorsement with a red drum tag

  • Upland game bird endorsement

  • Migratory game bird endorsement (Federal Duck Stamp is not included, stamp is required for waterfowl hunting).

All-Water Fishing Package includes:

  • Fishing license

  • Freshwater and Saltwater endorsements

  • Red drum tag.

Hunting Package includes:

  • Hunting license

  • Archery endorsement

  • Upland game bird endorsement

  • Migratory game bird endorsements (Federal Duck Stamp is not included, stamp is required for waterfowl hunting).

Who is eligible for Free Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Licenses for Resident Active Duty Service Members? Applicants must be a Texas resident on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. When applying Service members must provide proof that Texas is their home of record or that they have been assigned to a duty station in Texas for the past six months. Service members must apply in person at a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department License Retailer.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department License Retailer Directory

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Texas Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Prices for all Active Duty Service Members: Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces (and their dependents) serving on active duty anywhere are eligible to purchase Texas Parks and Wildlife Department licenses for resident prices.

Learn more about Texas Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Resident Prices for all Active Duty Service Members

Free  Texas Parklands Disabled Veteran Passport : Texas offers the Parklands Disabled Veteran Passport for Veterans with a qualifying service-connected disabilities that allows access to all Texas State Parks. One additional person may assist the pass holder at a reduced rate of 50% of the standard entry fee.
paddle boards in a lake Who is eligible for the Free  Texas Parklands Disabled Veteran Passport? Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of at least 60% or loss of lower extremity are eligible. They do not need to be Texas residents to be eligible. Veterans must provide one of the following to receive their Passport:

  • Texas Disabled Veteran license plate receipt

  • VA Disability Award Letter

  • Tax exemption letter for Texas Veterans.

Veterans can apply for the Parklands Disabled Veteran Passport any state park.

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What are my Texas Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Loan Programs: VLB provides low-interest real-estate related loans to Veterans and military Service members in Texas.

VLB offers land loans, home loans, and home improvement loans. Veterans may apply for any or all the loans at the same time. Once a Veteran or their successor has successfully paid off a VLB loan, they may apply for another. Veterans with a VA service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater qualify for a discounted interest rate of ½ point below standard rate.

VLB does not offer refinancing. If the Veteran has an existing loan on a home, VLB cannot provide refinancing to lower the interest rate, nor can the VLB loan program be used as a down-payment on a home. All VLB loans are subject to credit approval.
Who is eligible for VLB Loans? Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 old

  • Resident of Texas on the date of application, and meet one of the following service criteria:

    • Active-duty Service member

    • Member of the Texas National Guard

    • Reserve component Service member that completed 20 qualifying years for retirement

    • Honorably discharged Veteran that served at least 90 days on active-duty unless discharged sooner due to service-connected disability

    • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran listed as missing in action or whose death was service-connected.

Texas VLB Land Loans: VLB provides financing on tracts up to $150,000 with a minimum 5% down payment and a fixed-rate 30-year loan term. A $325 appraisal fee is due at the time of application. To be eligible for a VLB Land Loan the land must meet the following criteria:

  • Land must be completely in Texas

  • Must be at least one acre, excluding any part beneath of a dedicated public roadway or navigable waterway, subject to frequent flooding, or otherwise unusable.

  • Has legal, usable access to a public road. This 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 zoned strictly for commercial use

  • Not have been owned by the Veteran or their Spouse within the previous three years

  • All trash/debris, tires or run down structures must be removed prior to closing.

Texas VLB Land Loan Fact Sheet

Texas VLB Home Loans: VLB Home Loans offer low-interest loans with little or no down payment. Applicants can receive up to $548,250 on a fixed-rate loan for 15, 20, 25 or 30 year terms. To qualify for a VLB Home Loan the home must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be the Veteran's primary residence in Texas

  • 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

  • Must be the Veteran's primary residence for at least three years and must be occupied within 60 days after the loan closing.

Texas VLB Home Loan Fact Sheet

Texas VLB Home Improvement Loans: The VLB Home Improvement Loans provide below-market interest rate loans for home repairs and improvement to existing homes. VLB offers loans up to $50,000 for a 2-20-year term or loans from $7,500 - $10,000 for a 2-10 year term.

A VLB Home Improvement Loan can be used for alterations, repairs, and improvements that are eligible for financing under the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I Loan program.

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.

To qualify, the property must meet the following requirements:

  • Home being repaired must be completely in Texas

  • 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

  • Home must be inspected to determine that no work has begun, and no materials have been delivered prior to closing.

  • For loans over $25,000, VLB must be in a first lien position

  • Borrower cannot begin construction or advance funds to the contractor or purchase material prior to receipt of the loan proceeds from VLB, loan proceeds will be available on the fourth business day after closing

  • Borrower must hire a general contractor

  • Current appraisal report may be required to determine the equity in the home for loans over $25,000.

Texas VLB Home Improvement Loan Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Texas Veterans Land Board Loan Programs

Free Recording of Discharges for Texas Veterans: The county clerk in each county is required to record, free of charge, the official discharge papers (DD214) of a Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Learn more about Free Recording of Discharges for Texas Veterans

No Cost Medical Records for Texas Veterans: Texas Veterans are eligible for free copies of their medical or mental health records when they are needed to file a claim for a disability with the VA. The health care provider or health care facility is only required to provide one complete copy free of charge.

Learn more about No Cost Medical Records for Texas Veterans

Clyde Cosper veterans home Texas State Veterans Homes: Texas has nine State Veterans Homes that provide affordable, long-term nursing care for Texas Veterans, their Spouses and Gold Star parents.

Texas Veterans Homes locations:

Texas State Veterans Homes serve a very special and unique population and provides all home employees with specialized training to help them understand the military experience as well as post-traumatic stress. Alternative therapies are available including equine, art, music and pet therapies, to improve their quality of life. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are also offered at each home.Frank Tejeda Veterans Home

Because the VA subsidizes much of a Veteran's cost to stay at a Texas State Veterans Home, daily out-of-pocket rates are well below average and include the cost of medications for Veterans.

Residents can choose between a spacious private or semi-private room (based upon availability). Memory Care units at each home provide highly specialized care and include beautifully landscaped, secure courtyards.
Who is eligible for care at the Texas State Veterans Homes?
Texas State Veterans Homes offer long-term care to Veterans that served at least 90 Houston Veterans Homedays on active duty and received an honorable discharge, their Spouses and Gold Star parents (parents of a Service member that died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces). All applicants require a referral stating they need long term care. In addition, all applicants must have resided in Texas for at least one day.
Texas State Veterans Home Application Packet

Learn more about the Texas State Veterans Homes

Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program: Texas has four State Veterans Cemeteries that serve as the final resting place for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Texas State Veterans Cemetery locations:

There is no charge for the interment of Veterans, their Spouses and eligible dependents. Burial benefit includes military honors for Veterans, grave plot, opening and closing of the grave, concrete grave liner for casketed burials, headstone or marker, presentation of the burial flag to the next of kin, Presidential certificate, playing of Taps, gun salute, and Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemeteryperpetual care of the grave.

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. If the Veteran dies of a service-connected cause, the Family may be eligible for reimbursement from the VA for some of the funeral costs up to $2,000.

Burial space cannot be reserved but Veterans are encouraged to pre-register to simplify eligibility determination at their time of need. To pre-register Veterans should complete the Texas Veteran Land Board, Pre-Registration Form for Texas State Veterans Cemeteries, attach a copy of the military discharge form (DD214) and a copy of their marriage certificate, if applicable.
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

  • Honorably discharged Veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Certain members of reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets that die during authorized training

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

  • World War II Merchant Marines

  • Philippine Armed Forces

  • Spouses

  • Unmarried dependent Children under 21 years old, 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution and no age limit for Children that develop a lifelong disability prior to age 21.

Eligibility requirements for a Texas State Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries. For complete eligibility requirements visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. For question and more information please call call 800-252-VETS (8387).
Texas Veterans Commission, Federal and State of Texas Burial Benefits Booklet

Learn more about the Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program

Texas Military Department State Awards: Texas offers 33 State awards to honor the bravery, sacrifice, service, performance or achievement of Service members, Veterans and retired Service members. A short description of a few of these awards are listed below.

Texas Legislative Medal of Honor: The Texas Legislative Medal of Honor is awarded is to Service members who voluntarily performs a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice involving risk of life that is so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the Service member for gallantry and intrepidity above the Service member’s comrades.

Lone Star Medal of Valor: The Lone Star Medal of Valor is awarded for a Service member of Texas, another state, or the U.S. who performs specific acts of bravery or outstanding courage, or who performs within an exceptionally short period a closely related series of heroic acts, if the acts involve personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life and result in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the person apart from the person's comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances.

Texas Purple Heart Medal: The Texas Purple Heart Medal is available for those who, after September 11, 2001, were inducted into federal service from the Texas National Guard and meets the criteria for an award of the federal Purple Heart Medal or were killed or wounded at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.

The Texas Military Department State Awards Program is governed by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 437 (Texas Military), Subchapter H. (Awards) and Joint Force Texas Regulation 1-07, State Military Awards. Awards are submitted on the Texas Joint Forces, Recommendation for Award Form TXMF-67.

Learn more about the Texas Military Department State Awards

Texas Veterans Portal: The Texas Veterans Portal, sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission, connects Veterans, their Families, and caregivers to the benefits and services earned through their military service. It is a one stop shop offering links to categories such as:

Learn more about the Texas Veterans Portal

Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) Age Waiver and Fee Waivers for Active Duty Service Members: Active Duty Service members can receive an age waiver which allows Service members under age 21 to receive a LTC, (those without a waiver must be 21 years old). Service members under 21 still cannot purchase handguns, but you can legally possess them.

In addition, Texas offers active duty Service members a fee waiver for new and renewal LTC permits.

Learn more about Texas License to Carry a Handgun Age Waiver and Fee Waivers for Active Duty Service Members

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans insignia Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV): TLTV provides free civil legal assistance to Veterans and their Families who otherwise cannot afford legal services.

TLTV is a collaborative effort with local bar associations, legal aid organizations and Veteran service providers to host legal advice clinics throughout the state.
TLTV Calendar of Events

Learn more about Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans

Texas Women Veterans registry insignia Texas Veterans Commission, Women Veterans Program: The Texas Veterans Commission, Women Veterans Program’s mission is to ensure that women Veterans of Texas, have equal access to federal and state Veterans’ benefits and services. The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program serves to educate and inform women Veterans of their benefits and services, and advocate on their behalf by:

  • Creating public awareness

  • Recognizing and honoring women Veterans

  • Identifying needs and making legislative recommendations.

The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program also maintains the Texas Women Veterans Registry, a database of information voluntarily provided by Texas women Veterans that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The registry serves to continuously honor and recognize Texas women Veterans.
Texas Veterans Commission, Women Veterans Program, Texas Women Veterans Registry

Learn more about the Texas Veterans Commission, Women Veterans Program

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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

Dallas Ft Worth Veterans Cemetery U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Texas: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains six national cemeteries in Texas. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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
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

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
63rd Readiness Division

Resources

Texas Property Tax Exemptions Guide

Texas Veterans Commission

Texas Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory, Texas

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Texas Veterans Land Board

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Military Information

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Forms Library

Texas Department of Public Safety, Driver License Services

Texas Constitution and Statutes

Texas Statutes

Texas Veterans Commission, State Benefits Booklet

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Document Review Date: 09 August 2021