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Welcome to the official website for the
Texas Senate
Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 79th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Leticia Van de Putte

Todd Staples

Craig Estes
Chris Harris
Eliot Shapleigh


Jennie Costilow

Sara Gonzalez

(512) 463-2211

(512) 463-7683

Sam Houston Building, 345

Hearing Documents and Press Items

Press Room

  • January 4, 2007 – Updated list of Texans fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • July 19, 2005 – 79th Texas Legislature Regular Session Veteran- and Military- Related Legislation
  • May 13, 2005 – Van de Putte Issues Statement on BRAC
  • April 18, 2005 – Senator Van de Putte Congratulates New Texas Adjutant General Chuck Rodriguez
  • April 13, 2005 – Texas Senate Honors The Brave Heroes of The World War II Bataan March


The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Examine issues and problems with overseas military voting and explore the possibility of establishing a single point of contact for Texas military voters. Consider requirements of the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act and review systems established in other states.
  • Compile an inventory of state veterans' benefits, including health care facilities and nursing homes across the state, the state veteran cemetery system, job training programs, educational benefits, and re-employment rights issues, and the Texas Veterans Land Board Loan Programs, and make recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Monitor the implementation legislation transferring the veteran employment programs under the Texas Workforce Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission. Monitor the implementation of legislation establishing a database in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that tracks veterans' usage of the Hazlewood higher education tuition exemption.