FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/13/2015
Texas House Approves Legislation by Rep. Blanco to Support Texas Veterans
Blanco's Legislative Portfolio Includes Bills to Help Increase Employment of Veterans
Austin, TX: The Texas House approved legislation by Rep. Cesar J. Blanco (HD-76) to help Texas Veterans and their families. Rep. Blanco's legislation would help Veterans join the workforce, assist Veterans who want to start their own business, generate revenue for the Fund for Veterans Assistance, and help families who want to honor the sacrifice of their loved ones.
"We want to ensure our Veterans make a positive and seamless transition from military service into the workforce," said Rep. Blanco. "These men and women served this country selflessly, and it is my hope that these proposals will help them when they return home. I want to thank Senator Rodriguez for his leadership and staunch advocacy for Texas Veterans in the Senate."
Rep. Blanco served as a Stinger Missile Gunner and later as a Military Intelligence Analyst in the United States Navy.
The Texas House this week approved the following legislation by Rep. Blanco:
• SB 660/HB 1484 by Senator Rodriguez and Rep. Blanco creates a Veteran regional entrepreneur program to help Veterans who want to start their own business. This program will offer pre-business workshops, business plan development, financial guidance, and marketing and certification assistance to Veterans. This bill is on its way to the Governor's desk.
• SB 389/HB 1340 by Senator Rodriguez and Rep. Blanco will make it easier for Veterans to identify jobs for which they are eligible by placing pertinent military specialty codes next to job-openings at state agencies. This bill is on its way to the Governor's desk.
• HB 3710 would generate revenue for the Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) by giving Texans who are applying for a concealed handgun license an option to make a voluntary contribution to the fund. The Fund for Veterans Assistance offers funding to non-profit and local government organizations which provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. Organizations that receive funds from the FVA include the Adult Protective Services Partners, American GI Forum, El Paso Veterans Courts, F7 Group Foundation, Project Amistad, and YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region. This bill has been approved by the House and is now in the Senate.
• HB 1702 eliminates the fees for specialty license plate for Gold Star mothers, fathers, spouses, and family members. A Gold Star Family member is a parent, child, or sibling of a person who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their life while serving in the United States armed forces. This bill has been approved by the House and is now in the Senate.
• HB 1457 will help increase employment of Veterans by ensuring that certain state agencies designate a Veteran’s liaison. The liaison will be responsible for recruiting Veterans for open positions within the agency, and serve as the point of contact for Veterans. This bill has been approved by the House and is now in the Senate.