The State of Texas Governor and Legislature: Keep the Hazlewood Act as a Texas education benefit for veterans.
  • Petitioned Sen. Donna Campbell
  • Responded

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Texas State Senator
Sen. Donna Campbell
Texas universities and colleges
Texas State Senator
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
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Texas State Senator
Sen. Wendy R. Davis
Texas State Senator
Sen. José R. Rodríguez
Texas State Senator
Sen. Brian Birdwell
Lt. Governor of Texas
David Dewhurst
Texas Governor
Texas State House
Texas State Senate
Texas-094
State Rep. Diane Patrick
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The State of Texas Governor and Legislature: Keep the Hazlewood Act as a Texas education benefit for veterans.

    1. Petition by

      Lone Star Veterans Association

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July 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: The Texas State Legislature did the following: In the waning hours of the regular session, state leaders passed Senate Bill 1158 and Senate Bill 1159, both authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Senate’s Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee. Both bills focus on sustaining Texas’ commitment to Veterans education by: Creating a Permanent Fund to defray the cost of the Hazlewood exemption to institutions of higher education across the state; Moving administration of the Hazlewood Exemption program to Texas Veterans Commission; Establishing a network of Veteran Education Counselors to assist Texas Veterans in maximizing their educational benefits and to assist institutions of higher education in expanding services offered to Veterans and their families; Establishing the Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award to recognize institutions of higher education that meet or exceed standards for providing specific services to Veterans; and Directing a study of the sustainability of federal and state Veteran education benefits in Texas.

The Hazelwood Act is a promise that the State of Texas made to military veterans since World War II. The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. Recently, legislation allowed qualified veterans to pass their credit hours onto their children. This creates diversity at Texas universities and colleges, brings highly educated people into the Texas workforce, and honors our veterans service and sacrifice by enabling them to achieve college graduation, thus helping to prevent veteran unemployment in Texas. This program has created thousands of opportunities for Texas veterans and their families.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Getting Closer

      The Texas State Legislature is heading into their special session. As of today, there is no legislation that will be changing Hazlewood that appears to be heading to the Governor's desk.

      The LSVA had helped write some legislation that is still in committee. This legislation, if passed, will require the state of Texas to conduct a study that would gather data on veteran education in Texas. The hope is that if a proper study is done, there will be hard facts and statistics that proves that the Hazlewood Act is successful and it shouldn't not be cut.

    2. Second Team Rolling Out

      Our second team to Austin will be headed out in the morning. You can follow them on Twitter @LoneStarVets or on www.Facebook.com/LoneStarVeterans. Stand Up For Texas!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. First Team In Austin

      Our first team has been to Austin, testifying at the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee. We are prepping secondary teams to head up in a few weeks to talk directly to the senators and representatives.

      We will protect the Hazlewood Act.

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Information about bills that could affect Hazlewood Benefits

      The Lone Star Veterans Association has created an online document that will keep you updated about the status of various bills that deal with the Hazlewood Act. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_SPHoge_bC1aOeurtNjh_H6JO-0LH3XaZYSQRAlyHMM/edit?pli=1

    7. Decision-maker Sen. Leticia Van de Putte responds:

      Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      I would like to thank you for your diligent support and desire to help protect Hazlewood Act benefits. I know we agree about the importance of education a critical component to a successful civilian life. From those recently discharged ...


    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Decision-maker James White responds:

      James White

      Thank you so much for your concern and passion for our veterans. As a veteran, you can be assured that I will do all within my power to ensure that our veterans receive the respect and gratitude that hey have earned and deserve.


    10. KUHF News Story about our petition

      The NPR station in Houston, 88.7 KUHF, did a news story about the Hazlewood Act and the LSVA mission to protect it. http://bit.ly/YpMnXy

      Texas Vets Making Noise Over Tuition Benefits Threat

      For over 90 years Texas has offered veteran's free college tuition under the Hazlewood Act. Amongst other things it gives veterans 150 hours of free tuition. In 2009 the act was expanded to allow unused hours to transfer to a veteran's spouse or child.

    11. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      Thank you for contacting our office regarding the Hazlewood exemption. We agree with you and are pleased there has been no proposal nor support for repealing the exemption. In working with many veterans, we are committed to maintaining ...


    12. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      What Thank you for contacting our office regarding the Hazlewood exemption. We agree with you and are pleased there has been no proposal nor support for repealing the exemption. In working with many veterans, we are committed to maintai...


    13. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      WhThank you for contacting our office regarding the Hazlewood exemption. We agree with you and are pleased there has been no proposal nor support for repealing the exemption. In working with many veterans, we are committed to maintainin...


    14. Check out our awesome Hazlewood Infograph

      All of this information is from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. http://infogr.am/Hazlewood-Benefits-for-Texas/

    15. Reached 1,000 signatures
    16. Decision-maker Phil Stephenson responds:

      Phil Stephenson

      I am in support of anything that can get a education benefit to a vereran.


    17. Reached 750 signatures
    18. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      What Thank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the United...


    19. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      Thank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the United Stat...


    20. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      WhThank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the United St...


    21. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      What woThank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the Unit...


    22. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      What Thank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the United...


    23. Decision-maker Diane Patrick responds:

      Diane Patrick

      Thank you for contacting our office regarding Hazlewood. I agree and that is why I am working with many active duty military and veterans to preserve and strengthern this important exemption for our brave men and women of the United Stat...


    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jose Garcia KATY, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I want to pass it on to my children

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    • Allen Clutter HOUSTON, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Becuse with out it... I'm just a guy that risked it all. Mostly becuse as our bodies grow bigger our minds must flower, cuse' learing is fun and Knowledge is Power!

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    • Luther Jones HEMPSTEAD, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      I am currently reaping the benefits of the program, and greatly appreciate and respect what it is allowing me to do. I am also convinced that if not for this specific program, I would not have completed my undergrad degree, nor continued on to attain a master's degree.

      Thank God for Texas!

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    • James Jimenez Bond HOUSTON, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important because without it I could not afford to finish my undergraduate degree that I started years ago and to contemplate graduate studying. Obviously someone (s) is/are either envious or has/have their priorities mixed up by wanting to destroy the only humane and egalitarian aid to attend a university in Texas. Instead, they should focus on reversing the ever escalating tuition trends from the College-Industrial Complex that began in the late 1970's. The Texas legislature needs to fund the universities back to the 70% plus levels as it did back then and the universities need to restrain their frivolous costs back to those earlier levels. Students don't need all that techno crap or more buildings and fancy decorations with escalating professor salaries and frivolous research expenditures while students cannot afford to attend those frivolous institutions. Take UH who complaints of Hazlewood paperwork while funding a stupid $58 million stadium. Since when is "pan and circus" more important than knowledge? Stupid rednecks, you are wittingly or unwittingly cutting your right arm with your left arm and biting the hand that feeds you from getting higher taxes from a prosperous and learned society. If you're aim is to intentionally dumb down Texans like America, then keep on self-destructing yourselves, as you'll have been doing since the 1980's and confine learning as an elitist endeavor, while everyone else due to the ever escalating college costs are relegated to blue collar ignoramuses Texan serfs.

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    • Jason Hooks KATY, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      The Hazlewood Act paid for my last semester of college once my GI Bill funds ran out. Without the Hazlewood Act, I would have had to quit college after 3 1/2 years, and would not have been able to complete my education!

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