VETERANS

As a proud veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and a currently serving Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, George P. Bush issued a firm command to his team on his first day in office: “Find ways to better serve our veterans.” Under his leadership, the Veterans Land Board streamlined veterans programs to provide better service, more efficiency and a greater sense of personal attention for each and every veteran who calls for help.

HIGHER LOAN LIMIT

Commissioner Bush raised the VLB land loan limit from $100,000 to $125,000. Raising the land loan limit makes it easier for Texas veterans to obtain the financing they need to pursue their dreams of home ownership, business leadership, and economic security.

NEW VETERANS HOME

Commissioner Bush submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a ninth Texas State Veterans Home, near Houston. Commissioner Bush aims to pull together all available state and federal veterans resources in one place, creating a Warrior City to serve our veterans.

NEW VLB WEBSITE

Commissioner Bush launched a new website for Texas veterans, offering streamlined access to all the benefits they've earned. Commissioner Bush made serving veterans a top priority, and in keeping with that, launched the new Veterans Land Board website — www.texasveterans.org — first in the larger process of redesigning all GLO websites. The redesigned VLB site is a state-of-the-art portal through which Texas veterans can find out about land and home loans, veterans homes, burial benefits at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery, or talk to a fellow veteran on the veterans support hotline, at 1-800-252-VETS.

CALL CENTER

Commissioner Bush initiated a multi-agency effort to staff a 1-800 call service center with trained benefit counselors to serve all veterans, military members and their families. Commissioner Bush rededicated VLB efforts to assist our soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen transitioning from military to civilian life. The VLB, the Texas Veterans Commission and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are now collaborating to operate a fully staffed call center at 1-800-252-VETS. Call center operators — many, veterans themselves — will connect their fellow veterans to information or service they need, be it financial, medical, mental health related, or something else.

CEMETERY EXPANSION

Commissioner Bush oversaw expansions at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen and the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. Commissioner Bush is dedicated to fulfilling our obligations to veterans. These expansions will ensure these obligations are met for years to come. Interment at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery isn’t an entitlement — it is a right that each and every Texas veteran has earned through their service.

VETERANS HOUSING PROGRAM

Commissioner Bush created the Veterans Housing Program to rebuild the homes of Galveston County veterans in need of permanent, safe housing after hurricanes Ike and Dolly. Commissioner Bush has prioritized the allocation of limited disaster recovery funds for veterans who have lost their homes.