Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1:30 PM or upon adjournment

Betty King Committee Room




Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in the Betty King Committee Room at Austin, Texas.







Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair



Senator Brian Birdwell, Vice Chair



Senator Donna Campbell



Senator Wendy Davis



Senator José Rodríguez






The chair called the meeting to order at 1:33 PM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


The chair recognized Lizzie Craven and Parker Hamlin to lead the committee in the United States Pledge of Allegiance. 


The chair recognized Sofia Stringfield and James Caswell to lead the Texas Pledge.


Senator Birdwell moved adoption of the committee rules. Senator Rodriguez seconded the motion. There being no objection, it was so ordered.


The following witnesses provided updates on military issues:


A.                Major General John Nichols, Adjutant General, Texas Military Forces

B.                 Keith Graf, Director, Aerospace, Aviation and Defense and Texas Military                        Preparedness Commission Office of the Governor

C.                 Captain Robert Bennett, representing the Texas Commanders Council

D.                Mr. Thomas Palladino, Executive Director, Texas Veterans Commission

E.                 Paul E. Moore, Executive Secretary, and Kevin Warren, Deputy Commissioner,     Texas Veterans Land Board

F.                  Jim Richman, Director of Claims, Representation and Counseling, Texas Veterans             Commission

G.                Rufus Coburn, Director, Veterans Education, Texas Veterans Commission


The following witnesses registered, but did not testify:


A.                Danny Johnson, Colonel, Deputy Commander, 902nd Mission Support Group

USAF, Fort Sam Houston, Joint Base San Antonio

B.                 Joe Lovelace, Mental Health Consultant, Texas Council of Community Centers

C.                 Kathy Wood, Director, Fund for Veterans Assistance, Texas Veterans




There being no further business, at 4:50 PM Senator Van de Putte moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair




Cinda Johnson, Clerk