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Fort Hood victims’ families to receive Texas veterans benefits

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August 23, 2013, 4:36pm
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AUSTIN -- Rejecting the notion the soldiers killed by a Jihadist mass murderer in Fort Hood were victims of workplace violence, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced Texas will treat their spouses as if they were killed in combat.

“This wasn’t workplace violence -- these were casualties of war and we’re going to change the rules to give these families full access to VLB benefits,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who serves as chairman of the Veterans Land Board. “We’ll let the lawyers work out the details, but I intend to make sure we honor their sacrifice.”

Texas veterans benefits are the best in the nation. To qualify for VLB benefits, veterans must be honorably discharged, must have served at least 90 days of active duty and must live in Texas. Patterson has ordered VLB staff attorneys to sort out how an exception may be made for the Fort Hood victims.

“Each of the active and retired military members who died in the Fort Hood terrorist attack lost their life while assigned to duty in Texas or in support of the military in Texas,” Patterson said. “They were physically on duty in Texas and chose to remain until the time of their death in defense of both the citizens of the United States and Texas. Like Travis and Crockett, their spilled blood remains forever intermingled with Texas soil. Their surviving spouses who are residents of Texas at the time of application should be eligible for VLB programs.”

Texas has always taken care of her veterans. In 1836, the Texas General Land Office was formed, in part, to make sure veterans of the Texas Revolution were given land rights they were promised in exchange for their role in liberating Texas. In 1946, the Texas Veterans Land Board was created to do the same for Texan veterans of a different war who helped liberate the world. Today, the Texas Veterans Land Board serves more than 1.7 million Texas veterans of all ages.

The cornerstone of Texas veterans’ benefits is the VLB’s ability to offer below-market interest rate loans for land and home purchases, as well as for home improvements. The VLB operates eight Texas State Veterans Homes that serve more than a thousand veterans and their families needing long-term, high-quality care. The VLB also provides four dignified places of rest for the free burial of veterans with full military honors at Texas State Veterans Cemeteries in Abilene, Corpus Christi, Killeen and Mission.

“No other state can match what the VLB offers: low-cost home, land and home improvement loans; skilled nursing long-term care facilities and cemeteries -- all exclusively for Texas veterans or their spouses,” Patterson said. “And all of our programs are self-funding, which is good news for Texas taxpayers.”

For more information on Texas Veterans Land Board home, land and home improvement loans; Texas State Veterans Homes; or Texas State Veterans Cemeteries, call 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387), or visit

Your Opinions and Comments

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 29, 2013 4:02pm
7th Generation Apparently you're willing to dig to China! Don't you believe your President? The NSA is not listening to or spying on Americans. And, just for your information, the secret service is not the NSA.

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 29, 2013 12:07pm
Bob: Have I ever threaten the current President of the USA? No, many of the bloggers to WCN have and I believe that is something the Secret Service needs to look into. I am sure WCN is being monitored by NSA.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 29, 2013 9:13am
7th Generation Now let me get this straight ... so now you are saying that free speech, no matter how disgusting, is a terrorist act? How deep do you plan to dig this hole? By the way, have you read some of your responses ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 28, 2013 10:49pm
Bob do the research on what the law says on terrorist act. If I use your estimation there would be a bunch of WCN blotters being arrested for terrorist acts against Obama. Have you read 4th Gen entries...she should be in jail ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 28, 2013 10:44pm
Muse and Bob: Fact the highest court in the land has ruled against Obama....yea he was mad but unlike you guys he respected their ruling.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 28, 2013 11:49am
But Bob, we all know that if a judge ruled it a thing must be fact. Just like all the stuff you read on the internet and hear on the radio.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 28, 2013 11:06am
7th Gen Your President refused to acknowledge it was a terrorist act due to his own political expedience. Do believe a military judge would dare go against the President?

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 28, 2013 10:40am
Bob: Does it matter what the shooter says? No, based on the fact the Military Judge ruled it wasn't a terrorist act and the charges he has been found guility of. So, all muslim shooters are to be tried as Terrorists? No ... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 28, 2013 9:11am
7th Generation La Vernian Noticed your response to Muse. I have a riddle for you. At Ft. Sam: Was the shooter a practicing Muslim, was he shouting allahu akbar as he pulled the trigger, and did he have 'allahu akbar' ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 27, 2013 9:46pm
Muse: Fort Sam had an active shooter a couple of weeks ago, was he a terrorist killer? Did those people wounded deserved a medal or Texas Veterans benefits?

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