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

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2009
Contact: Kathryn Freeman, (512) 463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Statement on the Hazlewood Legacy Act
SB 845 would allow Texas Veterans to transfer Hazlewood benefits to their children

Today, the Texas Senate voted Senate Bill 845 out of the Senate. SB 845, "The Hazlewood Legacy Act," would allow all Texas veterans to transfer their unused Hazlewood benefits to their children.

The Hazlewood Act provides an exemption from the payment of all tuition and some fees for up to 150 credit hours at any public institution in Texas. Texas veterans who have served at least 180 days of active military duty are eligible to receive the exemption.

Currently, Hazlewood benefits are transferable to the children of service members only when the service member dies or is determined to be a 100 percent unemployable due to an injury directly related to their military service. SB 845 will allow any veteran who is eligible for the Hazlewood benefit to transfer his/her benefit to his/her child.

"All of our veterans have in some way sacrificed for our country whether it was a limb or time with their families and they should all have the same opportunity to pass these benefits on to their children," said Senator Van de Putte.

"I am proud to have authored "The Hazlewood Legacy Act." Strong military families are the backbone of our nation's security. SB 845 strengthens our commitment to our military families and allows us to show our service members our appreciation for their service and sacrifice," said Senator Van de Putte.

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