In Texas, disabled veterans are entitled to a variety of state benefits. Each program has a separate application process and specific eligibility requirements. The state even offers help getting federal benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Meet with your local Texas Veterans Commission representative or Veterans County Service Officer to determine eligibility. You can find a list of regional offices on the Texas Veterans Commission website.
Complete the application for service-connected compensation. The amount you receive is based on the degree of your disability and number of dependents. If you are wartime veteran suffering from a non-service related disability, you might qualify for a monthly pension. The counselor will assist you with the application process and help you complete the paperwork properly. If your application is denied by the VA, the Texas Veterans Commission can assist with the appeals process.
Take advantage of employment preference in state agencies or offices. Veterans Employment Services helps match disabled veterans seeking employment with employers that have positions available. Meet with a Veteran Employment Representative at a One-Stop Career Center located in your city.
Utilize housing assistance. The Land Loan Program, Veterans Housing Assistance Purchase Program and Veterans Home Improvement Loan Program are designed to help veterans obtain suitable housing. For more information on housing assistance, contact the Texas Veterans Land Board.
Claim the property tax exemption. Disabled veterans and surviving spouses are eligible for a tax exemption on the appraised value of their homes. A veteran whose service-connected disabilities are rated less than 10 percent is not entitled to a property tax exemption. You can submit an application to your local appraisal district.
Renew your driver's license free of charge. Under Texas Transportation Code Title 7, Chapter 521, Section 521.426, veterans who have service-connected disabilities rated 60 percent or greater can receive a free driver's license. Your application must be made before your license expires. Obtain an application from the Department of Public Safety's license examining office in your area.