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Relating to the verification of the veteran status of inmates and prisoners.
No significant fiscal implication tot he State is Anticipated.
HB 1092 would require the Sherriff of each county to identify veterans during the intake process. The jail would then provide the prisoner with a prepaid postcard that is supplied by the Texas Veterans Commission to request assistance in applying for veterans benefits. Sheriffs would also have to submit a daily report identifying each prisoner veteran to the Texas Veterans Commission and, as applicable, the veterans county service officer for the county and each court in which charges against the identified prisoner are pending. HB 1092 would allow for a prisoner veteran to have in-person or video visitation with the veterans county service officer or peer support coordinator at no cost to the prisoner.