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Sen. Konni Burton updates VETCO on Hazlewood Act and other state veteran initiatives


Texas State Senator, Konni Burton, who serves on the Senate Defense and Veterans' Affairs Committee, updates VetCo members

Texas State Senator, Konni Burton addressing VetCo members

Texas State Senator Konni Burton, who serves on the Senate Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, provided an update at the VETCO meeting for November. The following are three initiatives being discussed for the Legislative session in January: mental health with a focus on the Strike Teams; Vet Courts in terms of their effectiveness; and Hazlewood Act in how to continue funding this benefit.   The House of Representatives would create a new bill for the Hazlewood Act, and is currently researching the following information:

“Study the long-term viability of the Hazlewood Act, in particular the legacy tuition exemption provision. Review eligibility requirements and recommend changes to ensure that the program can remain solvent. Examine the costs of the program to institutions of higher education, including foregone tuition, additional infrastructure, administrative and instructional support costs, and the financial impact on non-veteran/legacy students. Analyze and report any effect changes to this program would have for veterans and their families. Review current data systems related to this exemption and recommend improvements to ensure quality and accuracy of information.”

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