Veteran Benefits for Texas Veterans and Military Members

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Since the days of the Republic, Texas has always supported her veterans in return for their military service.  In the early days, it was in the form of land given by the state for military service in the Texas Revolution.  In 1946, this tradition was formally recognized with the creation of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) to administer benefits exclusively for Texas veterans.  Since then, more than 200,000 VLB loans have been funded for Texas veterans.

For over half a century, the VLB has been keeping the promise to serve Texas veterans, for life.

star Land Loans
The foundation of the VLB is to help Texan veterans buy their piece of Texas with low-interest, long-term land loans.  Learn More

star Home Loans
In 1983, the Legislature created the Veterans Housing Assistance Program to help Texas veterans buy homes with special, low-interest loans for home purchase. Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the issuance of bonds to fund the program. Learn More

star Home Improvement Loans
In 1986, the VLB expanded the Veterans Housing Assistance Program, adding the Veterans Home Improvement Program to provide below-market interest rate loans to qualified Texas veterans for home repairs and improvements to their existing homes. Learn More

star State Veterans Homes
In 1997, the Texas Legislature passed a law authorizing the Texas State Veterans Home program to provide long-term care services for Texas veterans. Since 2001, the VLB has built eight Texas State Veterans Homes, which offer long-term, skilled-nursing care for veterans. The homes are located in Amarillo, Big Spring, Bonham, El Paso, Floresville, McAllen, Temple, and Tyler. Learn More

star State Veterans Cemeteries
In 2006, to augment the federal veterans cemeteries and allow veterans to be buried closer to home and family, the VLB opened the state’s first Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, followed by state veterans cemeteries in Mission, Abilene, and Corpus Christi. Learn More

star Come see us!
The VLB conducts Texas veterans benefit fairs across the state to help veterans better understand their benefits.  Free and open to the public, the benefit fairs are co-sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission.  Learn More

star Have a story to tell?
The VLB Voices of VeteransTM oral history program interviews Texas veterans from all eras and all conflicts to save their stories of dedication, courage and sacrifice for future generations.  Please visit the Voices of Veterans website to listen to these stories or for more information. Learn More

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Main Office
P.O. Box 12873
Austin, Texas 78711-2873
1.800.252.VETS (8387)
Bill McLemore
Director and Executive Secretary
Veterans Land & Housing Program
Bill McLemore
John Berkely, LNFA
Veterans Homes & Cemeteries Program
John Berkely, LNFA
Arleen Valle
Executive Assistant
Veterans Land & Housing Program
Arleen Valle
Stephanie Huser
Executive Assistant
State Veterans Homes & Cemeteries
Stephanie Huser