Archive for May, 2021

Memorial Day through the years

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day for Americans to offer tribute and honor to the heroes who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the ...

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Expiration of Term of Service sponsors help change to civilian life

Want to help a service member in transitioning to civilian life? Or, are you about to transition and would like a local guide?

Similar to change of station sponsors, the ETS -Expiration of Term of Service- program provides sponsors to transitioning military.

Sponsors know their hometowns and the veteran resources in their community including federal and local services. ...

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The range that Claims helps includes a snowbird, veterans on weekend retreat & surviving spouse

A winter (snowbird)Texan checks in at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office in Harlingen and gets a rating upgrade. Veterans on a weekend retreat meet a TVC Claims Benefits Advisor and get help with their VA health care and claims issues. A CBA goes cross country to advocate for a surviving spouse. All are recent examples of the TVC Claims team connecting with veterans and providing a range of assistance, free.

A veteran residing in Harlingen during winter contacted the ...

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Matching skills to civilian jobs

Marine Corp veteran Sara Brogan served as an Airframe Mechanic. Army veteran Christin Schleker’s military background consisted of medical logistics. Both had barriers to employment. Here’s how each overcame those barriers.

Brogan responded to a general outreach to new veterans registered in Workintexas.com in January 2021. This outreach was initiated by Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Rural Veteran Career Advisor (RVCA) Pam Hardin who works from the Greenville, Texas Workforce Solutions office. Hardin’s initial assessment determined that Brogan was eligible for Individualized ...

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Ask County Veteran Service Officers about more than Claims

“When speaking to your County Veteran Service Officer feel free to address questions that you might have which may be outside of the scope of VA disabilities. Chances are they will know how to begin a specific process or have great resources that will help you through any issues you may be encountering,” said Sasha Mathews, Marine Corps veteran and Hays County Senior Assistant Veteran Service Officer, pictured. “We are here to address the ‘whole’ veteran and their families.”

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Quick Reaction Force: Removing Barriers connects 870 with needed resources

Quick Reaction Force: Removing Barriers is a veterans benefits fair held virtually and quarterly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It connects veterans and their families with participating community-based service providers. Services include employment, education, health care, child care, tuition assistance, utility and housing assistance and mental well being counseling for veterans, their families and surviving spouses. At the event, organizations interact with attendees to provide eligibility criteria, answer questions and set appointments.

Participating community organizations and government agencies have included: ...

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