Attorney General Greg Abbott wants to make it easier for veterans to find a job, making it one of his priorities if elected the next Governor of Texas.
"The unemployment rate is too high for veterans," Abbot said. "These are men and women who have tremendous skills, tremendous commitment, and tremendous work ethic. They are they kind of people that employers are looking for."
According to the US Department of Labor, Texas has one of the best employment rates in the country right now.
It's ranked 16 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C.
However, out of the over 26 million people that currently live in Texas, 8.7 percent are veterans and out of that 5.2 percent are unemployed.
Abbot has a plan to change that.
"I want to make sure that employers have economic incentives to create jobs for veterans to get them back to work," Abbott said.
Abbott presented his plan to increase jobs for veterans at the Texas Department of the American Legion's 96th annual convention in McAllen.The plan consists of three things:1. Eliminate the franchise tax for the first five years, for any veteran that opens a new business2. Any business that hires veterans would qualify for property tax breaks3. Eliminate some licensing requirements that veterans have to go through for certain state jobs.
Abbott told the hundreds of veterans at the event that many of them already have the skills needed to fulfill certain occupations.
Skills they learned through training and experiences in the service.
Abbott also talked about the need for a VA Hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.
"They deserve better health care, the kind of health care they have received from the veterans TM administration has been horrific," Abbott said.
He also called out President Barack Obama for a promise he made in 2008 in the Rio Grande Valley and which he has yet to make good on.
Six years ago Obama said if elected president he would create a VA Hospital here.
"It TMs time for the president to live up to his promise to put a VA Hospital here in the Rio Grande Valley," Abbott said.
Abbott said that the VA Hospital should be built right by the UTRGV medical school that will open in 2015.