Propositions 1 and 4 on the ballot this November deal with property tax relief for veterans and their families—a measure which could greatly impact the life of Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris.
Harris enlisted in the Army shortly after Sept 11, 2001, and served two tours in Iraq. The second trip left him disabled.
"On Feb. 19, 2007, we were on what we considered a fairly routine patrol and I was hit with a road side bomb," he said.
Harris sustained 35 percent burns on most of his upper torso, and is currently about 85 percent scar tissue.
"When I say I'm here by God's grace I mean that, because there's no way I should have survived," he said.
The road to recovery hasn't been easy.
“At first we lived on post at Fort Sam and the housing we stayed in, some of the older housing, and it was real small,” Harris said. “I would bump into things all the time and my skin was so fragile, baby skin, you could just peel it.'"
Thanks to a little help from a charity, Harris and his family moved into a donated, handicapped-accessible home in 2012. He is fortunate to not have to pay any property taxes because his disability rating is 100 percent through the VA.
Some of Harris’ fellow vets don't qualify, which is why he's pushing for Prop 4 on the November ballot. If it becomes state law, any disabled veteran in Texas will get a break on their property taxes relative to their disability level.
"They've given that sacrifice and they face tough financial times so it's a way to say thank you in a very tangible way," State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said.
Thursday, a group of advocates in San Antonio were also urging passage of Proposition 1, which would allow a similar tax break to wives and husbands of service members who were killed in action.
Prop 1 would help people like Donna Engeman, whose husband was killed inaction.
"Trust me this is a not a group or a club that any of us survivors want to be in," she said.
Early voting is going on now through Nov 1. Election Day is Nov. 5.