PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte Honored to Win Vietnam Veterans Award

(Austin) -- State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (Dist. 26) is excited to announce that she has been named 2011 Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Texas State Council. It is the second time she has been so honored, also receiving the award in 2005.

Senator Van de Putte received the award on Tuesday, January 31, at the Texas Veterans Commission's 14th Annual Veterans Summit. The VVA said it selected Senator Van de Putte based on the many veteran- and military-related bills and resolutions she passed during the 82nd Legislative Session, including SB 357 and SJR 14 (with Sen. Dan Patrick) to extend veterans property tax exemptions to surviving spouses, and SB 100 to help implement the Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act, among many others.

Senator Van de Putte was presented the award by John Miterko, the Government Affairs Chair and State Legislative Coordinator of the Texas VVA. Miterko said:

For five Texas legislative sessions, Senator Van de Putte has chaired the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations. In this capacity, she has authored and sponsored many bills that will help veterans and military families. She believes that now, more than ever before, Texas needs to strengthen its commitment to supporting military and veterans.

Senator Van de Putte has a track record of authoring legislation for Texas' active duty military, veterans, and their families and has proven to be a staunch ally, advocate, and supporter.

Based on the contributions that Senator Van de Putte has made to the active duty military, veterans, and their families, the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council takes great pride in awarding the prestigious Legislator of the Year Award for 2011, and for an unprecedented second time, to Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

"I am very humbled to receive this award," said Senator Van de Putte, the daughter of a Korean War veteran. "We can never fully repay our active and retired military for what they've done for us. I just hope my work in the Capitol can make a positive difference in their lives."

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