From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee to Examine BRAC and VA Issues

(Houston) - The Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, chaired by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, will hold a hearing in Houston on June 12. The committee will hear invited and public testimony.

Event Details

What: Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
Where: Port of Houston Bayport Container Terminal - Administration Building, 12619 Port Rd, Pasadena, TX 77586
When: June 12, 2014, 12:30pm

Purpose of hearing:

  1. Investigate the impact of federal actions (including the federal government shutdown, sequestration, military force reductions, and potential base closure or realignment) on active-duty service members, the Texas Military Department, veterans, their families, defense-related contractors, small businesses, local governments, and state agencies.

  2. Provide an update on the State Strike Force teams' progress and recommendations on any additional steps necessary to ensure that veterans promptly receive all federal disability benefits to which they are entitled.

  3. In addition to the formal Interim Charges, the VAMI Committee will be looking into recent allegations that the VA has denied health and mental health care and manipulated waiting lists to access care. The Committee will also consider whether the state has a role in assisting veterans in Texas with VA health care as it did with the Strike Force Teams for VA disability claims.