HB 4174 (Rep. Hefner) seeks to make veterans “whole” for the purposes of state benefits if they were discharged from the armed forces due to declining the COVID jabs.
Even though the Department of Defense recently rescinded its COVID vaccine mandate, those who have been discharged thus far were not often done so with honor. These service men and women deserve better, and Texas is prepared to do what it can.
HB 4174 is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, April 13 in the House Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs. Have your voice heard by contacting members of this committee and let them know that they should vote YES on HB 4174!
1- Email the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee Members:
SAMPLE EMAIL MESSAGE:
I am writing to you today to ask you to please VOTE YES to pass HB 4174 favorably out of the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Thursday, April 13.
Texas veterans who have been discharged solely based on declining COVID-19 vaccines deserve to be considered honorably discharged for the purposes of state benefits!
2- Call the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee Members:
Chairman Terry Wilson: (512) 463-0309
Vice Chair Ray Lopez: (512) 463-0669
Representative Ben Bumgarner: (512) 463-0688
Representative Mark Dorazio: (512) 463-0646
Representative James B. Frank: (512) 463-0534
Representative Josey Garcia: (512) 463-0634
Representative Penny Morales Shaw: (512) 463-0620
Representative Sergio Munoz Jr.: (512) 463-0704
Representative Bryan Slaton: (512) 463-0880
SAMPLE MESSAGE: Please VOTE YES on HB 4174 being heard in the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee today.
3- Provide Public Comments
If you are a Texas resident, you can submit public comments that will be distributed to the committee members by using this form and selecting “HB 4174 by Hefner.” Please indicate “self” in the “Organization/Representing” field and use parts of the sample email above for your comments.