Archive for 2020

Best Cities for Veterans to live includes 12 in Texas

In November, WalletHub ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities as to their favorable environments for veterans. The ranking utilized 20 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. They range from share of military skill-related jobs to veteran income growth to availability of VA health facilities. A dozen Texas cities were in the ranking including: Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Laredo, Plano, Arlington, Dallas, El Paso, Lubbock, Garland, Houston and Corpus Christi. See how they fared in WalletHub’s Best Cities ...

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Personal commitment expands service to Kimball veterans

Through his own personal effort and commitment, Donald Glover has increased the service of the Kimball County Veterans Office to daily service.

“For many years, this office was open 1/2 day a week. I volunteer enough time to keep it open at least four hours a day and have done so for last four years. It is the most fulfilling employment I have ever had,” said Glover, Kimball County Veterans Serivce Officer.

Further, Glover’s cell number is posted on his office door ...

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LinkedIn MilCity provides casual career meet up group

Looking for a place to share experiences, to get and give career tips in an easy-going environment? Try LinkedIn MilCity.

LinkedIn MilCity describes itself as “A Military Community Career Centered Meet Up & Networking Group. Powered by the people – for the people. These are free events and not affiliated to any organization… which means this is a relaxed environment where it has no attachments to any company/companies. Active Duty, Veterans, Mil/Vet Spouses, Employers, Recruiters, HR, Hiring Managers, Non Profits, Mentors ...

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Prepare business strategies for new year

Veteran entrepreneurs make business strategies for the new year with The Texas Veteran Commission’s Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP).

“Get your Veteran-Owned Business verified and receive our logo and decal so you can let your customers know that you served our great nation,” said Anna Baker, VEP Manager. “Second, catch-up with our partners and other veteran business owners who are creating success by listening to the Texas Veterans Mean Business VEP Podcasts.  Check out our VEP Resources and TVC ...

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Legislature hears need for increase in Health Care Advocates

“Our top priority this session is to work with the legislature to address the challenges facing our veterans such as helping our veterans access our VA funded health care services with the assistance of our advocates,” Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Chairwoman Laura Koerner told the Senate Finance Committee

Koerner, a Navy veteran, and TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino, an Army veteran, presented to Legislature (Senate Finance Committee) the agency’s exceptional needs for additional funding on February 9.

Koerner began by showcasing TVC’s ...

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Fund for Veterans’ Assistance presents over $30.7 million in grants to 109 organizations across Texas

AUSTIN, TX – On November 9-13, 2020; the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) presented more than $30.7 million in grants to 109 organizations across Texas. These funds are providing assistance to more than 33,400 veterans and their families.

The grants are awarded to nonprofits and government agencies which provide direct services to veterans. The grants support a wide range of services from financial to transportation, legal services to family support services and home modification to rental and ...

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$1.3 billion generated by claims filed in FY 2019-2020

Texas Veteran Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisors (CBAs) and Veteran County Service Officers across the state filed more than 870,480 claims on behalf of Texas veterans in Fiscal Year 2019-2020. This resulted in over $1.3 billion being paid to veterans.

Of the total number of claims filed, more than 838,750 were Compensation Claims, over 14,600 were Pension Claims, over 13,140 were Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims and nearly 4,000 were Survivors Pension Claims.

From the claims filed, economic impact made by ...

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Serving those who serve veterans mental well being

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Mental Health Department (VMHD) consists of multiple programs and initiatives aimed at providing training, certification, technical assistance and advocacy related to veteran mental health needs. VMHD includes programs and services for justice-involved veterans, peer support, suicide prevention, military cultural competency and military trauma awareness for public safety responders and mental health professionals, access to military-informed clinical mental health care, and community collaboration.

In working with this wide range VMHD provided thousands of training hours to ...

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Ramping up help for a veteran

John Singleton left his family farm to join the U.S. Army in 1964 and became a member of Airborne. In 1965, he was deployed to Vietnam.

Now, 55 years later, Singleton is at home in Guadelupe County with his family and raises chickens in his yard for fresh eggs. As he has limited mobility which affects how far and long he can walk, Singleton uses a wheelchair. His house needed modifications including ramps and handrails in the bathroom to increase his ...

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Post 9/11 GI Bill students, special COVID rules for online study extended

On Sept 30, 2020, H. R. 8337 was signed into law extending the timeline for the special COVID rules for students pursuing resident courses that were converted online because of COVID 19. Post 9/11 GI Bill students who pursue resident courses converted to online delivery solely due to COVID 19 will continue to receive the MHA rate for resident training through December 21, 2021.

Students and school certifying officials may visit the Dept of Veterans Affairs’ FAQ webpage https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/covid19faqs.asp to ...

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