Archive for November, 2021

Reinventing self into new career

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When 67-year-old U.S. Army veteran Kurt Vogel, pictured at right, was laid off from a Human Resource position over a year ago, he decided to reinvent himself and seek a new career field. In doing so, Vogel activated his profile in the Work in Texas (WIT) system. That got him a letter of introduction from Air Force ...

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Easing frustrations with Claims

A veteran and his spouse were frustrated by the “monumental paperwork of the VA systems” which added to the spouse’s stress of taking care of her terminally ill veteran husband. The couple felt more at ease after connecting with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) and Marine veteran Tracie Perez, pictured.

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Chive Charities provides assistance & equipment not covered by insurance, other resources

“We recognize that for many veterans and first responders, helping others is second nature; asking for it is not,” said Erika Carley, Senior Director of Operations, Chive Charities.

Chive Charities works to improve the quality of life of veterans and first responders by providing needed assistance, services or equipment which insurance and other resources do not cover.

“From therapeutic saunas ...

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Commitment to Claims success leads to checking medical research

Juan Amaya’s strong commitment to getting veterans their benefits lead him into researching medical findings.

“I was assisting a surviving spouse with a VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Claim. Her husband was only service connected for PTSD at 100% for only 4 years. In his death certificate it stated that the contributing factors were failure to thrive and anemia. I had to find a way to get his death service connected. I did some research and found medical literature stating that ...

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Honor all who served & cherish freedoms on Veterans Day

November 11, 2021

Veterans are an important part of all our lives because they protected the freedoms we enjoy. After their service in the U.S. military, veterans go on to be valuable members of our communities. With that in mind, let us honor them this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, thank them for their service and celebrate them.

Veterans inspire us with their commitment, sacrifice, and contributions.

Just like anyone else, veterans can at times use some assistance. Help with VA processes, education ...

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Inspired service guides Denton County veterans to benefits

Huey Helicopters and F-4 Phantom models plus other Vietnam memorabilia greet those arriving to see Donald Phillips, Denton County Assistant Veteran Service Officer (ASVO)and Navy veteran.

“I see more Vietnam veterans than any other veterans,” said Phillips.

“What inspired me to create this wall was my uncle who was a Huey Pilot in Vietnam and was shot ...

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From 0%-100% Claims compensation in 51 days

An Air Force veteran contacted the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office on July 27, 2021 and had a 0% service-connected disability rating. About a month and a half later, on Sept. 15, his compensation rating went to 100%. That awarded him a monthly compensation over $3,320 and granted a retroactive payment of $185,660.15.

“My first ...

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From self-doubt to self actualization & employment

Having earned her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, Navy veteran Joanna Ayala, pictured, was eager to put it to use; but, encountering difficulty securing employment. On April 2, 2021, she had an initial meeting with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) and Army veteran Katasha Gray at Resource Connection in Fort Worth.

“Her barriers to employment made Ayala eligible for DVOP ...

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