On a day packed with events honoring our Veterans, Senator Uresti once again hosted Veterans, their families, and those who support Veterans at his San Antonio District Office for a Veterans Day reception.
All branches of the military were represented, and guests enjoyed appetizers, refreshments, and a military themed cake.
Many discussions took place amongst Veterans, Senator Uresti, and staff regarding Veterans benefits and the upcoming legislative session. Many Veterans have spent years cutting through Federal red-tape to access their benefits, and the need to have a state entity, the Texas Veterans Commission, providing assistance in accessing benefits is of great importance to our Veterans.
Veterans and their families are also concerned about efforts to scale back or modify the Hazelwood and Hazelwood legacy programs that many military families rely on to help fund the cost of a college degree. Legislation to control the size of the program will most likely be introduced in the 85th Legislative Session, which begins in January.
Senator Uresti pre-filed legislation to exempt an active duty member of the military from paying sales tax on a vehicle that was purchased while stationed in another state upon return to Texas. Veterans in attendance saluted the bill, and acknowledged the difficulties that could result from having to come up with thousands of dollars at the same time the family has to re-establish their home in Texas following military orders.