JANUARY 11, 2019



AUSTIN - Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rural South Texas, filed a bill Tuesday that would allow spouses of disabled veterans to quality for the Veteran Employment Preference privileges in Texas.


"The spouses of disabled veterans are facing the highest unemployment rates in the history of the country, and Texas is simply not doing enough for veteran families," said Guillen. "Allowing the spouses of these veterans to qualify for employment privileges will encourage economic growth, improve the income of Veteran families, and give back to the families of people who fought for our country."     


Although employment opportunities for veterans have stabilized, thanks to the employment preferences bill, many spouses are still struggling to find employment. Many spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans are not receiving enough money from disabled veterans compensation to sustain a healthy income in their households.


Because veterans tend to move from post-to-post, their spouses can face major obstacles to finding employment. Over a quarter of military spouses are unemployed, and are paid 25 percent less than their civilian counterparts. This level of unemployment and underpayment creates further financial instability for military families when the active duty member can no longer serve. The change sought by Guillen will help alleviate that economic distress.


"The honorable men and women who have bravely served our country, and their spouses who have supported them both qualify for employment privileges under federal law," added  Guillen. "Veterans' spouses deserve to receive these same privileges under Texas law as well, and I hope that my colleagues will agree with me on that."


HB 676 applies only to spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans.


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