Archive for 2021

Lost benefits secured with retro payment of $553,085

In September, a veteran in El Paso was awarded a retro payment over $553,085 with the help of Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor and Army veteran Roberto Macias.

The veteran served as a Weapons-Technician in the Navy during his service of at least two tours in Vietnam (RVN area) and earned the RVN Gallantry Cross.

In winning the retro payment, Macias worked to secure documentation and provided it to the VA that the veteran had served in Vietnam and made ...

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Confidential counseling & services offered by Vet Centers

Looking for services to help one’s well being in a subtle environment? Vet Centers offer social, mental and emotional wellness in a confidential manner at low profile locations. Additionally, the centers provide connectivity to many resources available in the community.

“The confidentiality is a big asset of Vet Centers,” said Mike Jaeger, Army veteran and Southwest District Manager for the Texas Veterans Commission’s Claims Department. The centers themselves are somewhat nondescript. “The centers are often located in office buildings or strip ...

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Veteran County Service Offices awarded over $2.3 million in grants to assist local veterans

Eleven Veteran County Service Offices (VCSOs) across Texas were awarded a combined total of over $2.3 million in Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Grants from the Texas Veterans Commission. The grants assist the VCSOs to provide assistnace directly to veterans including financial assistance, home modifications, transportation, dental care and more. The grants were presented in ...

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Peer expands comradery with Victoria’s Veteran Day celebration VetFest

Marine Corps veteran and Victoria area Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinator Oscar Pulido saw the opportunity to enhance his town’s annual veteran recognition event with more comradery for veterans and connect them with local resources and services. The event, VetFest, is scheduled for Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at the Son ...

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WWII Marine Corps woman veteran is a rare jewel

Ever talked with a WWII Marine Corps woman veteran? It’s a rare conversation opportunity.

WWII Marine Corps Veteran Marine Marilyn Richards Dow of Corpus Christi celebrated her 100th birthday in August 2021.

The honor of meeting Ms. Dow occurred for Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisors Durashia Frizzell (Navy veteran), Karen Casey (Army veteran), and Marlene Reifenberger (Army Veteran) while they were forming the Women Veterans of the Coastal Bend, a veterans support and service group. “She was our Honorary Attendee ...

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Tops in entrepreneurs , Texas lands PenFed pitch competition

Texas cities scored among the best for veteran entrepreneurs by the PenFed Foundation. In the top 20 were the metro areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area was recognized as the Largest Riser and it ranked 26th. San Antonio was ranked 25th. More Texas cities were included in the top 100, see Top Cities for Veteran Entrepreneurs. According to PenFed, Texas’s veteran owned business community is second largest in North America.

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Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award honors 14 Texas universities & colleges

On September 23, 2021, 14 institutions of higher learning from around Texas were honored with the first ever Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award by the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Veterans Education Program. This new award established by the State of Texas recognizes universities and colleges that provide excellence in education and related services which significantly contribute to the academic success of student veterans and military connected students.

TVC provides three levels of recognition intended to highlight the depth and breadth of ...

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Veteran, daughter & dogs find home through Facebook & Military Veteran Peer Network

In late July, a Facebook post seeking help for a dog suffering from heat stroke lead Beaumont area resident Karen Kiesling to a nearby Village Creek State Park in Lumberton. There, she found a veteran, her daughter and their four dogs camped. The family, Army veteran Ruth Lufkin and her daughter Seevena Poole, had been evicted from their home after they got behind on rent as health conditions made it difficult for Poole to work and earn money.

After connecting with ...

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“You served, you deserve”

“I initially filed a claim back in 1974 when I left active duty. Back then, I was not aware that TVC existed. I simply filed out the form and submitted it to the VA,” said veteran Joe Deosdade. When his Claim was denied, Deosdade dismissed the VA and “went on with my life.” He said that years passed before a friend convinced him to reapply. “His reasoning was, ‘you served, you deserve.’” Deosdade said the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims ...

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Veteran education new Post-9/11 GI Bill® Monthly Verification Requirement

Based on the provisions of the Isakson and Roe Act of 2020, beginning with school terms on or after August 1, 2021, students using their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit at a non-college degree (NCD) facility will be required to verify their enrollment at the beginning of each month to receive their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments.

Enrollment verification is a new requirement for Post-9/11 GI Bill® students to verify that they have remained enrolled in the same courses ...

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