Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee

Committee Information
 
Vice-Chair
Sen. Birdwell
Brian Birdwell
Members
 
VAMI Committee Staff
Committee Director: Bill Wilson
Phone: (512) 463-2211
Fax: (512) 463-7683
201 East 14th St.,
Sam Houston Building, Suite 345
Austin, TX 78701

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

Press Room

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 12, 2014
Van de Putte grateful for VA Hotline support

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 12, 2014
Van de Putte proposal on VA scandal moves forward

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 10, 2014
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee to Examine BRAC and VA Issues

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 30, 2014
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte issues statement on Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 29, 2014
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee to Examine BRAC and VA Issues

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 9, 2014
Van de Putte Statement on VA Allegations

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 15, 2014
Veteran Affairs Committee Examines Workforce Issues

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 10, 2014
Chair Van de Putte to Address Bexar American Legion

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 10, 2014
Sen. Van de Putte welcomes Wall That Heals to San Antonio

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 9, 2014
Van de Putte Pays Respects at Fort Hood Memorial Service

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 2, 2014
Active Shooter Situation at Fort Hood

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 15, 2013
Sen. Van de Putte Statement and Media Advisory

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 29, 2013
Sen. Van de Putte to Be Sworn in as Governor on May 4

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 19, 2013
Van de Putte authors Veteran Employment and Business Opportunity Act

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 12, 2013
Turner & Van de Putte File Legislation to Address Hazlewood Funding

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 06, 2013
Van de Putte Proposes Veteran Higher Education Legislation

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 29, 2013
Wounded Warriors Day January 30 at Capitol

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 12, 2012
Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee Open House on Wednesday, November 14

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 3, 2012
Texas Veterans Commission Chair thanks the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee for its interim work

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 20, 2012
Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee Meeting in Killeen on August 28

Icon: Press ReleaseJuly 3, 2012
Van de Putte Hires New VAMI Committee Director, Clerk

Icon: PDF ReleaseNovember 14, 2011
Senator Van de Putte Thanks Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations for Assistance on Passage of Proposition One

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 2, 2010
Facts and Figures on Drawdown in Iraq - From The White House

Icon: PDF ReleaseJuly 16, 2010
Senator Wendy Davis Named To Select Committee On Veterans Health

Icon: Press ReleaseJuly 15, 2010
Statement: Welcoming New Committee Members

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 28, 2010
Van de Putte Helps Award Grant to Local Veteran

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 26, 2010
Local Student Selected to Receive Texas Armed Services Scholarship

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 13, 2010
Van de Putte Hires New Committee Director

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 30, 2010
Legislators Host Veterans Court Forum

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 25, 2010
Senator Davis' District Newsletter Vol. 3 (Veterans' Topics)

Icon: Press ReleaseFebruary 16, 2010
Statement Regarding VAMI Interim Charges

Icon: Press ReleaseDecember 9, 2009
Veterans Cash Sales Top $5.3 Million in First Month

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 19, 2009
Van de Putte and Turner Unveil Veterans Cash Lottery Scratch Off

Icon: Press ReleaseJuly 31, 2009
Texas Increases Higher Education Benefits for Veterans and Their Families

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 10, 2009
Senator Van de Putte Continues Efforts on Military Sustainability

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 30, 2009
Texas Enacts the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 6, 2009
Senator Van de Putte Statement on the Hazlewood Legacy Act

Icon: Media BroadcastMay 4, 2009
Press Conference regarding SB 421 / HB 1299, relating to the fund for veterans' assistance and the creation of a lottery game to benefit the fund

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 20, 2009
Military Child Month Art and Poetry Contest Application

Icon: Press ReleaseFebruary 24, 2009
Van de Putte and Herrero To Allow College Benefits to be Transferred to Children

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 27, 2009
Senator Van de Putte Files Resolution to Pay Tribute to Texans Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan on Wounded Warrior Day

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 12, 2008
Senator Van de Putte and Representative King file bill to help military children

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 10, 2008
Senator Van de Putte and Representative Corte File Legislation to Improve the Absentee Voting Process for Deployed Servicemembers

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 10, 2008
TEA provides support to regions expecting student enrollment surges due to base realignments - PDF Format

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 6, 2008
DoD Revises Purple Heart Eligibility Criteria to Allow Award to POWs Who Die in Captivity - From DoD

Icon: Press ReleaseSeptember 16, 2008
Senator Van de Putte Holds Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee Hearing

Icon: Press ReleaseSeptember 16, 2008
Senator Leticia Van de Putte honors the Legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia

Icon: Press ReleaseSeptember 8, 2008
Veteran Affairs and Military Installations and Defense Affairs and State Federal Relations to hold interim hearing in San Antonio, Texas

Icon: Press ReleaseSeptember 3, 2008
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, to be awarded medal by National Guard Association of the United States

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 20, 2008
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, Responds to Gov. Perry's call for Higher Education Benefits for Veterans and their Families

Icon: Press ReleaseJune 25, 2008
Senator Van De Putte Applauds Efforts Of U.S. Department Of Education & U.S. Department Of Defense

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 4, 2008
Sen. Van de Putte Welcomes New Director of Veteran Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI) Committee

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 31, 2008
Wounded Warrior Day in San Antonio: Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations to hold hearing

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Important News and Updates

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 2, 2014
Active Shooter Situation at Fort Hood

Icon: Press ReleaseOctober 11, 2013
Van de Putte Submits Interim Committee Recommendations
            (Attachment: VAMI Interim Charge Recommendations, PDF format)

Icon: Press ReleaseFebruary 5, 2013
Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument – Groundbreaking Events Flyer

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 2013
Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Interim Report to the 83rd Legislature

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 10, 2010
Updated list of Texans fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 19, 2010
USA4MilitaryFamilies: Department of Defense Best Practices Website - From DoD

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 26, 2010
Texas Armed Services Scholarship

Icon: Press ReleaseDecember 7, 2009
Lt. Governor Dewhurst Announces Select Interim Charges for Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee

Icon: Press ReleaseNovember 5, 2009
Van de Putte Statement on Ft. Hood Murders

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 27, 2009
100% Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption Q&A

Icon: Press ReleaseSB 93 Hazlewood Legacy Fact Sheet

Icon: Press ReleaseAugust 27, 2009
Veteran & Military Bills Passed - 81st Session

Icon: Press ReleaseSecretary of State's Military and Overseas Voter Services
From the Texas Secretary of State's Website

Icon: Press ReleaseThe Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008
Factsheet - PDF Format

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Veterans' Court Forum Resources

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 30, 2010
Veterans' Court Forum Document 1

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 30, 2010
Veterans' Court Forum Document 2

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 30, 2010
Veterans' Court Forum Document 3

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 30, 2010
Harris County Veteran Court Presentation

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Photo Gallery

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83rd Session Interim

83rd Regular Session

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Reports

The following reports are available for download:

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Interim Charges

  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. Monitor and examine efforts to provide employment and workforce opportunities for veterans, service members, and their families. Make recommendations on how best to continue collaborating with and supporting our honored veterans as they re-enter the civilian workforce, including improving employment opportunities for veterans at all state agencies.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. Study and make recommendations to improve access to services provided by non-profit organizations to veterans, their families, and survivors, including examining the effectiveness, standards, and consistency of the 2-1-1 information and referral system for military and veteran families statewide.
     
  5. Monitor the implementation of the veterans occupational licensure bills passed during the 83rd Legislative Session to expedite the licensure process for those who are serving, have served, or are married to someone serving our nation in uniform. Study and make recommendations to strengthen and improve state efforts to ease the transition of military veterans and their spouses into the Texas civilian workforce.
     
  6. Monitor implementation of the veteran's mental health legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session, including funding to support the Military Veteran Peer Network at Department of State Health Services. Assess whether state mental health initiatives targeted to veterans and their families appropriately address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Study and make recommendations to enhance the delivery of mental health services to veterans at the local level through the network of Veteran County Service Officers.

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Committee Archives

82nd Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
81st Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
80th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
79th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
78th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
77th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
76th Legislature's Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee

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