Provides a waiver of driver’s license fees (except for individuals who have been convicted for certain sexual crimes) and license plate fees for veterans with a service-related disability rating of 60% or greater.
Provides that veterans with special “disabled veteran” license plates may park in accessible parking spaces and may park for free at parking meters. Such plates need not show the international accessibility symbol.
Provides assistance for veterans with disabilities in filing for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Provides for the creation of veterans’ county service offices in certain counties.
Offers veterans loan programs for home and land purchase and home improvement.
Provides for the creation of a mental health intervention program for veterans that includes peer-to-peer counseling.
Requires higher education institutions to give a student course credit for military service.
Exempts certain veterans with disabilities from fees for obtaining a driver’s license or personal ID.
Provides for a designation on the back of a driver’s license indicating veteran status.
Allows for veterans with a 50% disability ranking or higher to vote without presenting ID if the veteran presents proper documentation of his or her disability.
Provides that veterans’ service agencies, such as those that provide housing assistance or employment training for low-income veterans, are allowed to bid on state procurement opportunities as though they are small businesses, even if the agency is a nonprofit organization.
Provides property tax exemptions to partially disabled veterans or their surviving spouses on part of the market value of their house if the house was donated to the veteran by a charity.
Proves guidance through conferences, seminars, training workshops and other activities to veteran entrepreneurs and other business owners through a veteran entrepreneur program under the Texas Veterans Commission.
Provides that businesses owned by veterans who have at least a 20% service-connected disability are considered to be “historically underutilized businesses” (HUBs). State agencies must make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services and commodities purchases.
Requires the Department of State Health Service (DSHS) to provide a mental health intervention program for veterans that includes peer-to-peer counseling and access to licensed mental health professionals and increase the number of available grants to regional and local organizations provides these services.