Written by Phil Cerroni
As troops come home from the Middle East and are discharged from active service, Texas government steps up its efforts to reintegrate them into civilian life.
In a speech on July 12 given at the Texas American Legion's annual convention at the Westin Dallas Forth Worth Airport Hotel in Irving, Gov. Perry outlined the steps Texas is taking to aid this transition.
“As part of our proud military tradition, Texas is dedicated to making that transition as easy as possible,” Perry said. “That's an obligation too big for even a state as big as Texas, but we have to do what we can to make inroads into that proposition, and we certainly have in the state over the past decade.”
One of the largest initiatives the State currently runs relates to turning disabled veterans into homeowners.
This past session (pending approval in the fall) the legislature plans to expand the tax to apply to the spouses of service members who were killed in action.
Perry went on to say that in order to fight long waiting periods and red tape at Veterans Affairs, Texas developed a special claims team to expedite the process.
Wounded Warriors are not the State's only concern; however, businesses and schools are working to make healthy veterans' return to the workplace as easy as possible, not just repaying a debt to them but paying forward, fast tracking valuable workers into the economy as well.
“As important as these jobs are to the veterans and their families, they're really important to this state. They're important to our communities,” Perry said.