Texas Leaders Launch Effort to Help Veterans

AUSTIN — Texas leaders are committing more than $1 million in state support for an innovative pilot program that will address Texas veterans’ mental health needs.

The new project, the Texas Veterans Initiative, will allow the state’s $1 million investment to match local and private funds to expand and evaluate community-based mental health programs serving veterans and their families. If the pilot phase generates widespread interest from communities around the state, the Legislature could act in 2015 to expand it. The project will be funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The decision to support the program with public dollars was made by Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus.

“This projects brings communities together to provide better outcomes for Texans who served our country in uniform,” Speaker Straus said. “It’s a smart, effective way to address an issue that affects veterans across this state. This pilot program is a very good starting point as we head into the legislative session.” (more…)

Newsletter: Building Our Republican Majority

Dear Friends:

This week, voters expressed their continued support for Republican leadership across this state. Republicans have excelled in statewide elections over the last 20 years because Texans support our principles and our volunteers continue to provide the energy and the work that propel candidates to victory.

Our Republican majority in the Texas House also increased. There will be 98 Republicans in the House during the next legislative session, compared to 95 Republicans in the previous session.

When I became Speaker of the House in 2009, Republicans held 76 seats and Democrats held 74. We have earned voters’ support over that time by focusing on issues that matter to them and their families – issues such as public education, jobs and transportation. And we have delivered results.

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