AUSTIN — Future grants from the state Enterprise Fund to lure companies to relocate in Texas will include $1,000 for every new job filled by a veteran, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.

Abbott said the “additional incentive” is designed to encourage the hiring of military veterans, the latest move expand job programs for former service personnel as a part of his re-election campaign.

Monday’s announcement coincided with the state’s first annual Women’s Veterans Day, a designation that was signed into law by Abbott last year.

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“Texas has one of the largest veteran populations of any state, and it is imperative that we ensure those returning from service continue to have opportunities to work and provide for their families,” Abbott said in a statement. “Veterans bring unmatched leadership abilities and they already possess many of the technical skills employers are looking for. I’m proud of our state’s support for Texas veterans, and it’s my hope that future companies will take advantage of this program.”

Abbott said the jobs covered by the grant-funding change “must be filled by a person who has served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, the National or Air National Guard of the United States, the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, or served in a Reserve component of any of the aforementioned military organizations, and has been honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served.”

Last year, Abbott unveiled a plan to put Texas’ military service personnel at the “front of the line” for expanded state services and employment opportunities, tax breaks and expedited healthcare services. His plan also calls for the all-volunteer Texas State Guard to be more than double in size, from about 2,300 soldiers to 5,000, to allow the state to respond faster to emergencies and disasters.

Since its inception in 2004, the Texas Enterprise Fund has awarded about 160 grants totaling more than $615 million across a wide variety of industries and projects committed to creating almost 94,000 jobs and investing more than $27 billion in the state of Texas.



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