Last week, District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, and Flavius Killebrew at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a ceremonial signing of SB 93 and SB 297, which allow eligible veterans to extend their higher education benefits to their children or spouse.
Senate Bill 93, authored by Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, of San Antonio, was amended by Herrero to authorize a veteran to transfer any remaining tuition exemptions provided under the Hazelwood Legacy Act to their child.
"Losing a loved one should not be the only way the children of our servicemen and women should be able to avail themselves of benefits earned by their father or mother," Herrero said in a prepared statement. "Texas should further acknowledge the sacrifices of our military men and women by extending to their children the benefits they rightfully deserve. By applying the Hazelwood Legacy Act benefits to veteran's children, Texas will further solidify its support of our service men and women."
Currently, the Hazelwood Legacy Act entitles eligible veterans, and the children of service members who die during or directly due to their service in the armed forces, to an exemption from tuition and fees for up to 150 college credit hours at publicly supported institutions of higher education. Herrero's amendment, originally filed as HB 1550, allows a veteran to pass down their unused Hazelwood benefit to one child.