October 29, 2015
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Stephen F. Austin Bldg
1700 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Open to the public
Webcast live since 2005
In the early days of the Republic, Texas gave its veterans land in recognition of their military service. Spurred by returning World War II veterans, the Legislature established the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) in 1946 to continue this tradition by providing Texas veterans with long-term, low-interest land loans.
Today, the VLB oversees five veterans programs. The three-member governing body (Board) of the VLB is responsible for the administration of the Veterans Land Program, the Veterans Housing Assistance Program, the Veterans Home Improvement Program, the Texas State Veterans Homes Program, and the Texas State Veterans Cemetery Program.
The Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office serves as Chairman of the Board and is joined by two citizen members. Both citizen members are appointed by the Governor. One of the Governor’s appointees must be well-versed in veterans affairs and the other experienced in finance. Appointed to four-year overlapping terms, the two citizen members must be confirmed by the Senate and are required to execute a $50,000 bond to the state. The Deputy Commissioner of the VLB serves as Executive Secretary for Board members during public meetings.
As of January 2008, Board meetings are held on a quarterly basis, but special meetings may be called if necessary. Board meetings are open to the public and since 2005 have been webcast live.
Board meeting agendas are posted in the Texas Register and can be accessed via the Texas Secretary of State website. Agenda must be posted seven working days prior to a Board meeting.
Experience shows Texas veterans are a great credit risk. Even so, sometimes veterans can’t make the payments on their VLB loans and must forfeit their land. The Texas Veterans Land Board then makes these tracts of land available for other Texas veterans to bid on every January, April, July and October. Land that isn’t sold at these auctions is then available for public purchase. Learn More
|George P. Bush, Chairman||Alan L. Johnson||Andrew J. Cobos|
|January 2015 - Present
|January 2009 – December 2016||May 2015 - December 2018|
Alan L. Johnson
Alan Johnson of Harlingen was appointed to the Board by Governor Rick Perry in March 2006, and reappointed in January 2009. His term will expire in December 2012. Johnson, a retired Captain in the U.S. Army is also a retired bank executive. He currently serves as Chairman of the Port of Harlingen Authority, Chairman of Valley Baptist Health Systems, A Director of the Alliance for I-69 Texas and as a board member of Sunny Glen Children's Home. He also previously served as Vice Chairman of the Texas Turnpike Authority. He is an active member of the Church of Christ.
Andrew J. Cobos
Andrew Cobos is an associate in McKool Smith’s Houston office. Andrew focuses on complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation, including claims to recover fraudulent conveyances and preferential transfers, claims against officers and directors, claims involving auditor liability, and representation of whistleblowers in major False Claims Act cases. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He was commissioned as a U.S. Army officer, and held positions as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Unit Mentor and Trainer. As a lieutenant, he conducted security operations with the Secret Service for the President and Air Force One. Andrew also deployed twice to combat in Iraq, where he planned and led security operations during the Iraqi Constitutional Referendum and the Iraqi National Elections. He supervised specialized training and equipment maintenance for over 200 Iraqi police officers and over 100 special operations officers in hostage rescue, terrorism prevention, and combat operations. During his second tour, Andrew was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Andrew later earned his law degree and MBA from the University of Houston. During that time, he was appointed by the Texas Governor to the University of Houston System Board of Regents and provided policy guidance and direction for four universities in the University of Houston System. Andrew is very active in the Houston community and has been recognized by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce as “One of Five Outstanding Young Texans," by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce as “One of Five Outstanding Young Houstonians,” and by the Houston Business Journal as one of the top “40 under 40” professionals.