Legislative - SUMMARY OF VETERAN RELATED LEGISLATION

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VA MISSION ACT OF 2018

VA MISSION Act improves the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to hire high-quality health care professionals, streamline VA community care programs, expand caregiver benefits to pre-9/11 veterans and create a process to examine VA’s capital infrastructure to better serve veterans. 

VA caregiver program implemented in 2010, benefits such as monthly stipends, health insurance, medical training and access to home health aides are available to family caregivers for veterans – but only ones injured after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Under the bill, caregiver benefits would become immediately available to veterans injured before May 7, 1975. Two years after the bill is enacted, veterans injured between 1975 and 2001 would be eligible.  The law was signed by the President on 6 June 2018.

Texas Property Tax Exemption for Purple Heart RecipientsRep. Dwayne Bohac (R-138) filed the amendment in the state legislature as House Joint Resolution 67 on February 6, 2017. The Texas House of Representatives passed the amendment 140 to 0 with 10 members not voting on May 11, 2017. The measure was not taken up in the Texas Senate.

Currently: 

In Texas, a veteran with a disability rating of:

 

70- 100 percent may receive a  $12,000 property tax exemption

50- 69 percent may receive a   $10,000 property tax exemption

30- 49 percent may receive a   $7,500 property tax exemption

10- 29 percent may receive a    $5,000 property tax exemption

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is waiving tolls on several Texas toll roads for eligible veterans, who must be in a vehicle registered with the State of Texas and displaying a qualified specialty license plate. Qualifying Texas license plates are recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Air Force Cross (Legion of Valor), Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), Army Distinguished Service Cross (Legion of Valor), Navy Cross (Legion of Valor), Purple Heart and disabled veterans who qualify and meet the requirements for a disabled veteran license plate.

H.R.5467 — 115th Congress (2017-2018): Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018  - is to amend title 10, United States Code, to extend certain morale, welfare, and recreation privileges to certain veterans and their caregivers, to authorize the appropriation of funds for the purpose of improving the electronic physical access control system used by military commissaries and exchanges, and for other purposes.

Eligibility Of Veterans Awarded The Purple Heart.—A veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.

Eligibility Of Caregivers For Veterans.—A caregiver or family caregiver shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.

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