"I am proud to finally be able to welcome every Gold Star parent who needs the care into our VLB Texas State Veterans Homes," Patterson said. "Their sacrifice has certainly earned them a place in a home where honor lives."
Previously, federal red tape only granted this benefit to Gold Star parents who had lost all of their children access to the high-quality facilities.
"Any time you can put a little common sense into a law, it is a good thing. This bill does that," said Thornberry, whose Panhandle district includes Amarillo.
The bill was supported by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America and the National Association of State Veterans Homes.
There are VLB Texas State Veterans Homes in Temple, Floresville, Big Spring, Bonham, McAllen, El Paso and Amarillo. Another is under construction in Tyler. Each home provides skilled, long-term nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitation programs, special diets, recreational activities, social services, a library, and a certified, secured Alzheimer's unit with its own secured outdoor courtyard.
For more information on Texas State Veterans Homes and other veterans programs, call 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387), or visit the VLB at www.texasveterans.com.