Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee

Committee Information
Senator Leticia Van de PutteChair
Senator Craig EstesVice-Chair


Senator Troy Fraser Senator Kel Seliger Senator Eliot Shapleigh
Director: Jennie Costilow
Policy Analyst: David Holmes

Committee Clerk: Sara Gonzalez

phone: (512) 463-2211
fax: (512) 463-7683
201 East 14th St., Suite 470
Austin, TX 78701

Schedule and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

Press Room

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 25, 2005
Updated list of Texans fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Icon: Press ReleaseDecember 6, 2004
Updated list of Texans fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 21, 2004
Van De Putte, Corte Collecting Goods for Soldiers and Families

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 4, 2004
Updated List of Texans Fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 18, 2004
Updated List of Texans Fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan

Icon: Press ReleaseFebruary 24, 2004
VA, Women Legislators and DAV to Preserve History

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary, 2004
Due to the current conflicts in Afghan & Iraq, a list of fallen GI's from the Texas area.

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober, 2003
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' release of statistics about America's wars. [pdf, 188kb]

Icon: Press ReleaseFall 2003
The Chair's recent communication with Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez and his family.


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Interim Charges

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Military Installations Committee is charged with conducting a thorough and detailed study of the following issues, including state and federal requirements, and preparing recommendations to address problems or issues that are identified.

  1. Study the impact of recent state and federal legislation with regard to protecting the personal privacy of Veterans' discharge records.
  2. Study existing language of the Hazelwood Act (Section 54.203, Education Code) which entitles wartime veterans and their children to a waiver of tuition and fees at some State-supported colleges and universities, and make recommendations, including cost estimates, on possible amendments to this Act to permit Veterans who have not fully used their entitlement under the Act to pass on residual benefits to their children.
  3. Monitor the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) implementation of HB 591, relating to reciprocity agreements between states concerning admissions of military personnel, and HB 261, relating to instate tuition levels for military personnel.


The Committee shall submit copies of its final report no later than December 1, 2004. The printing of reports should be coordinated through the Secretary of the Senate. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor (5 copies), Secretary of the Senate, Senate Research, Legislative Budget Board, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.

The final report should include recommended statutory or agency rulemaking changes, if applicable. Such recommendations must be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. Recommendations should also include state and local fiscal cost estimates, where feasible. The Legislative Budget Board is available to assist in this regard.

The following report is available for download:

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Budget and Staff

Travel costs shall be paid from the operating budgets of Senate members. All other costs shall be borne by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's interim budget, as approved by the Senate Administration Committee. Due to overall budget constraints, it is recommended each interim committee budget include only critical expenditures and, where possible, reductions from previous spending levels.

The Committee should also seek the assistance of legislative and executive branch agencies where appropriate.

Interim Appointments

Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2005. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 79th Legislative Session.

Committee Archives

77th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee .

76th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee .