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Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Courts | Hazlewood Act | Mental health services | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services | Texas Military Preparedness Commission | Texas National Guard | Texas State Guard | Veterans | Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans educational benefits | Veterans homes | Veterans' employment | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 V641
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [40 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the employment rate of Texas veterans, and consider ways to better coordinate federal, state, local and private resources to enhance employment services. Examine the transfer of Veteran Employment Services (VES) from the Texas Workforce Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission, and include an assessment of the impact on Texas veterans and their families. Make recommendations for improving services and possible expansion of services to potential additional returning veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
2. Review the benefits claims process for filing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through the Texas Veterans Commission's Claims Representation and Counseling program and make recommendations to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Coordinate with the Senate Finance Committee to identify and maximize funding options, reduce claims backlogs, and increase the benefits received by Texas veterans.
3. Examine methods to support veteran participation in higher education. Examine the use of the Hazlewood Act by Texas veterans, and include recommendations to maximize programs to effectively serve veterans and their families. Determine the efficacy of establishing Veteran Resource Centers at institutions of higher education to assist in student veteran academic achievement, provide additional funding for institutions from increased Montgomery GI Bill revenue, and better integrate veterans on college campuses.
4. Evaluate the status of mental health services for veterans and Texas Military Forces. Include an assessment of peer counseling programs, "aftercare" provided for units within their local communities following a trauma within the group, and efforts to address the secondary mental health and substance abuse issues caused by post traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related disorders.
5. Consider establishing a "Commander's Council" in conjunction with the Office of the Governor's Texas Military Preparedness Commission, to allow commanders of Texas' military forces and installations to better coordinate and communicate with the Texas Legislature and state leadership. Develop a comprehensive communication plan with Texas military installations, and recommend any legislative initiatives necessary to support the installations, active-duty service members and their families on and around the installations, and the partnerships between the defense community and the community within which the military installations reside.
6. Study the appropriate role of Texas state military forces in enhancing the safety of all Texans, and make recommendations for improving the coordination, accountability, and effectiveness of all components of our state military forces, including the national, state, and air guards. Identify limitations on the forces providing border security and other operations, and make recommendations for better coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. (Joint Charge with the Transportation & Homeland Security Committee)
7. Study the use and impact of Veterans Courts throughout Texas. Make recommendations relating to potential funding sources, staffing requirements, additional direct services not provided by the Veterans Administration, and possible expansion.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • the "College Credit for Heroes" program as administered by the Texas Workforce Commission;
  • the administration of the Veterans Housing Assistance Program by the Texas Veterans Commission's Fund for Veterans' Assistance; and
  • the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services, authorized by SB 1796, 82nd Regular Legislation Session.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations report and recommendations to the 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Dental care | Fort Bliss | Job training programs | Military personnel | Subprime lending | Veterans | Veterans cemeteries | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans homes | Veterans' health care | Voting by mail | Voting rights | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 V641
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 2,250 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine issues and problems with overseas military voting and explore the possibility of establishing a single point of contact for Texas military voters. Consider requirements of the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act and review systems established in other states.
2. Compile an inventory of state veterans' benefits, including health care facilities and nursing homes across the state, the state veteran cemetery system, job training programs, educational benefits, and re-employment rights issues, and the Texas Veterans Land Board Loan Programs, and make recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Monitor the implementation legislation transferring the veteran employment programs under the Texas Workforce Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission. Monitor the implementation of legislation establishing a database in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that tracks veterans' usage of the Hazlewood higher education tuition exemption.
4. Examine other issues facing the 80th Legislature, such as oral health of guardsmen and reservists, Ellington Field and Fort Bliss, predatory lending, TRICARE provider shortages, business and employment issues for veterans, and the need for a VA hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.
Committee: Joint Confederate Home, Investigate
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Joint Committee to investigate the Confederate Home.
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 29th Leg., 1st C.S. 298 (1905)
Session: 29th R.S. (1905)
Online version: View report [5 pages  File size: 184 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate the management of the Confederate Home.
Committee: House Confederate Home
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Special Committee to visit the Confederate Home.
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 27th Leg., R.S. 638 (1901)
Session: 27th R.S. (1901)
Online version: View report [2 pages  File size: 70 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home, diligently examine and inquire into its conditions and needs, and report to the House; may also make recommendations.
Committee: House Confederate Home, Special
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of special committee to visit Confederate Home.
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Texas, 26th Leg., R.S. 1400 (1899)
Session: 26th R.S. (1899)
Online version: View report [3 pages  File size: 69 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home, note its management, control, condition, capacity and needs and report to the House the result of the investigation.
Committee: Joint Confederate Home, Special
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 25th Leg., R.S. 692 (1897)
Session: 25th R.S. (1897)
Online version: View report [3 pages  File size: 86 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home in this city, examine its management and control, investigate the condition and treatment of its inmates, ascertain its capacity and needs and report to this House the result of the investigations, with such suggestions as the committee may consider necessary to the future usefulness and proper administration of said institution.
Committee: House Confederate Home, Special
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 24th Leg., R.S. 392 (1895)
Session: 24th R.S. (1895)
Online version: View report [3 pages  File size: 108 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home and investigate thoroughly the workings of the same, and report its condition financially, submit remedies for abuses (if any be found), and report the result of their investigations to this House as soon as practicable,
Committee: House Confederate Home, Special
Title: Condition of the Confederate Home
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Veterans homes |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 23rd Leg., R.S. 292 (1893)
Session: 23rd R.S. (1893)
Online version: View report [2 pages  File size: 68 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home and report upon its management and condition.

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