June 21, 2018


Texas Enterprise Fund To Incentivize Hiring Of Veterans


AUSTIN - A strong supporter of veterans across Texas, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) is pleased that the Texas Enterprise Fund will now award to qualifying businesses an additional $1,000 for each newly created job that is filled by a veteran.

"The men and women of the armed services sacrifice their time, effort, and sometimes their lives to defend our country," said Guillen. "Though we can never repay the debt we owe, we must strive to ensure that when they come home they can provide for themselves and their families."

The Texas Enterprise Fund is a grant program created in 2003 to attract new business to the state. Businesses moving, starting, or substantially expanding in Texas are encouraged to apply. This most recent change to the program was done to increase veteran job opportunities. To qualify for the additional funds, the business must hire a veteran honorably discharged from one of the five branches of the armed services, a National Guard unit, or in who is in the Reserves.

Representative Guillen is proud to serve the men and women veterans of Texas and will continue his service in the next legislative session. In recent sessions of the legislature, Guillen has authored legislation to simplify the requirements for veterans and their surviving spouses to receive veteran's employment preference, expand and protect the Hazlewood college tuition program, and prioritize the hiring of veterans and their spouses.

"Texas must be a role model for other states in how we serve veterans. The Texas Enterprise Fund is a step in the direction of achieving this goal," added Guillen.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and