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Legislative Update for the 84th Legislature


Senate Bill 55, authored by Senator Jane Nelson and Rep. Susan King, enhances existing mental health programs for Veterans by supporting community-based efforts. The Texas Veterans Initiative is an innovative pilot program created to address the mental health needs of Texas Veterans. This public private partnership will provide an opportunity for the state of Texas, private donors and local communities to collaborate and create enduring partnerships that share responsibility and accountability for addressing mental health needs of Texas ...

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Texas Veterans Commission to host Veterans in Government Open House

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 40 state and local government agencies looking to hire veterans will be on hand at the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans in Government Open House at the Palmer Events Center, April 21.

Agencies including the Department of Public Safety, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas Education Agency, the University of Houston and the City of Austin are scheduled to attend the event. Overall, there are currently about 8,700 open positions within Texas government agencies, many of ...

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HB 3710 raises $173K for Texas veterans

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans have donated more than $173,000 to support the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance since House Bill 3710 went into effect on Sept. 1, 2015.
Signed into law last June, H.B. 3710 added an option for individuals applying for or renewing a License to Carry a Handgun to make a voluntary contribution to the FVA, similar to the option already available for Texas driver licenses.

“These generous donations will go to local organizations that serve veterans ...

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Women Veteran Program Roll Call March 24-26 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Veterans Commission’s Women Veterans Program will be hosting ‘Roll Call: Life Beyond the Oath’ for women veterans in the San Antonio area, March 24-26.

“Roll Call is designed to let women veterans know about available services, preserve their histories, connect them to one another, recapture the military’s sense of camaraderie, and remind the public that more than 2 million women have worn the nation’s cloth, proudly serving the red, white, and blue,” said Edith Disler, PhD, ...

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Women Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar March 12 in Arlington

AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission is conducting a Women Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar on March 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at the University of Texas Arlington (College of Business), Room 245, 701 South West Street, Arlington, Texas 76019.

The seminar is open to all Veterans, active duty personnel and their families wishing to start or expand their own business. Participating organizations will include the Texas Veterans Commission, Small Business Administration (SBA), Service Corps of Retired ...

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Texas Veterans Commission recognizes Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

TEXAS – Today, the Texas Veterans Commission will be awarding Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst the Texas Veterans Commission Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership on Veterans’ issues as the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, working with Gov. Rick Perry, and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Texas Veterans Commission to launch the State Strike Force and the Fully Developed Claims Teams Initiative to help reduce the federal backlog of veterans’ claims for disability benefits in ...

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Excellence in Media Awards 2015 Winners


Veterans versus the VA
Barry Davis, Michael Vela and Michael Humphries, KENS 5, San Antonio, TX



Veterans Court helps Texas Vets stay out of Prison
Lauren Silverman, KERA Radio, Dallas, TX

Link to Radio Story



Veterans Court to soon be implemented in Hays County
Kelsey Bradshaw, The University Star, San Marcos, TX

Link to Student Story



For some Veterans, real battle is showing vulnerability
St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX

Link to Print Story



Veterans Day 2014: Real faces of courage
Billy ...

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