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TABC has a rich history in law enforcement. We highly value military veterans for the unique experience, skills and discipline they bring to their work.

In addition to giving veteran’s preference in the hiring process, TABC and our partners provide support to eligible Texas veterans who want to start a business in the alcoholic beverage industry. Learn more about how we support veterans within the agency and across Texas. 

Hiring Veterans

We recognize the value that veterans bring to the workforce and are dedicated to creating opportunities for those who have experience in the U.S. Armed Forces. We are honored to serve those who have sacrificed so much for us. TABC strives to create a military-friendly environment and welcomes veterans and their families.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has designated a military liaison as mandated by Texas State Statute Chapter 657 Sec. 657.0046. To contact the military liaison, email or call 512-206-3220.

Learn more about the job selection process below.

Military Employment Preference

State law requires state agencies to give the following qualified individuals military employment preference in the job selection process:

  • A veteran, including a veteran with a disability.
  • A veteran's surviving spouse who has not remarried.
  • An orphan of a veteran if the veteran was killed while on active duty.
  • The spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Texas National Guard serving on active duty.
  • The spouse of a veteran if the spouse is the primary source of income for the household and the veteran has a total disability rating based either on having a service-connected disability with a disability rating of at least 70% or on individual unemployability.

What Military Employment Preference Means

What it isWhat it's not

Tiebreaker: If top candidates are of equal merit and one is a veteran, the veteran gets the job.

Guaranteed hire: The hiring process is competitive.

Higher interview chance: 20% of candidates selected for interviews must be a minimally qualified veteran candidate, if applicable. If less than five are interviewed, one must be a veteran. If there are no qualified veteran applicants, no veterans need to be interviewed.Guaranteed interview: While individuals who qualified for military employment preference have a higher chance of being interviewed, they are still competing against other applicants for the interview benefit.
Veteran liaison: Available for application assistance and guidance. Email for help.Education or qualification requirement waiver: All applicants, including veterans, must meet the minimum requirements for the job unless otherwise stated in the job posting.


Empowering Texas Veterans

About the Program

Empowering Texas Veterans is a program that jumpstarts the careers of veterans who want to establish a business in the alcoholic beverage industry. TABC and our partners recruit successful industry members to serve as mentors for Texas veterans. With our help, mentors help guide veterans through the steps required to start a successful business within the industry. Resources include information about:

This joint initiative is made possible by TABC and our partners:

  • Texas Veterans Commission
  • Texas Workforce Commission
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Office of the Secretary of State

Apply for the Program

Veterans can apply by filling out the appropriate application below and submitting the completed document to

Mentor Application

Complete this application if you’re a veteran that already works in the alcoholic beverage industry who wants to help another veteran start their business.

Protégé Application

Complete this application if you’re a veteran who would like to start a business in the alcoholic beverage industry.

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