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Study and report to the House of Representatives on the issues
relating to and the impact on Texas of national military and defense
policies, and those issues affecting Texas veterans that may be
addressed by state law.
The impact of national defense and military policy is significant
in the state. One-fourth of the citizens of Texas are directly
impacted as members of the active duty armed forces, the reserves
and national guard, veterans of those services, employees of military
contractors, and their families. Over 500,000 individuals in
Texas are employed by military or veterans organizations paid
by the federal government. In addition, there are over 150,000
individuals drawing over $1 billion in retirement and disability
pay from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans
Affairs. The direct economic impact is estimated to be $20 billion
and the indirect impact many times that.
How the state plans for and supports military installations and
operations will have a decided impact on the economy of the state
now and in the future. Likewise, how the state plans for and
supports veterans will have not only an impact on their well-being,
but on the future of defense and military business in the state.
The relationship between state attitudes and actions toward the
military and toward its veterans are directly related.
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