Burned Texas vets get financial help to keep cool

August 12, 2011 5:19:02 AM PDT
The San Antonio City Council has approved helping pay the home cooling bills of severely burned military personnel.

The agreement approved Thursday will subsidize part of the CPS Energy bills of eligible service members during hot weather. Doctors have advised the burn victims to cool their homes to between 65 and 70 degrees because their injuries leave them unable to regulate their body temperatures.

Those who qualify will receive a $90 monthly credit on their CPS bills, for the period of April through October.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that the council was set to approve the policy last week, but critics said the proposed $60 monthly assistance wasn't enough.