Defend the Current Hazlewood Act in the Texas Legislature
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Lone Star Veterans Association's mission is to strengthen the community of post-9/11 veterans by connecting veterans to resources, opportunities, and other veterans. We know that higher education and the career advancement that results from it is one of our members biggest concerns. With that in mind we strongly support upholding the current version of the Hazlewood Act and we will strive to fight any legislation that negatively alters it.
Currently, the Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with up to 150 hours of tuition exemption at public universities in Texas.
Texas has always been the best place for veterans to live and work. Keeping up the Hazlewood Act is supporting veterans, Texas, and our vibrant economy. If funding is the issue than that needs to be addressed before cutting off the ability of our nation's finest to develop professionally here in Texas.
Lone Star Veterans Association and our members are opposed to a new bill before the Texas legislature that threatens the Hazlewood Act for Texas veterans.
House Bill 3766 (The Hazlewood Preservation Act) will add 4 new stipulations to the existing Hazlewood Act which we reject.
- It would limit the Hazlewood exemption for honorably discharged veterans by requiring four years of service at minimum instead of the current 180 days.
- The bill would also disallow veterans from being able to use the benefits after 15 years from the date the veteran was honorably discharged.
- The stipulations would also include the removal of the bill from the control of the Texas Veterans Commission.
- It would not grandfather in any current active-duty military.
Texans spend $6 billion of federal GI Bill benefits per year at state institutions and it only cost an estimated $180 million per year to execute Hazlewood benefits at the same Institutions.
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