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Help with eyesight & seeing a brighter future

Army veteran Howard McMillan’s eyesight problem made him unable to pursue his career as a welder as he could not pass the necessary eye exam. Unable to secure employment, he was living in a shelter in the Fort Worth area. “I didn’t know how I was going to make it,” said McMillian. He had the contact information of Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Justice Involved Veterans Coordinator Erin McGann and gave her a call.

McGann introduced McMillian to his area Military Veteran ...

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At 2,700 successful claims & counting, Veteran County Service Officer Rios is benefits savvy

“Every time that we are able to get someone their benefits, we consider that a success,” said Juan M. Rios, Sr., Tarrant County Assistant Veteran Service Officer.

Having completed nearly 2,700 claims for veterans disability, non-service-connected pension, and survivors benefits, Rios creates much success.

Rios’s advice to his fellow veterans is “Do not hesitate to ask. Most are too proud to ask for help but if you do not ask you will never know if you are eligible for the help.”

With his ...

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Taking care of retiring military transitioning to veterans

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Senior Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Kathleen  Pino serves as the primary liaison for transitioning service members seeking to complete Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) claims for several military bases, as well as VBA claims support and referral for area veterans and their families. An Air Force veteran herself, she actively engages the active duty and veteran community by representing the TVC at pre-retirement briefs and ensuring continuing benefits awareness from active duty service to civilian life.

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Veteran’s Claims rating increases 30% after contacting Texas Veterans Commission

An increase in Claims compensation rating from 40% to 70% for a San Antonio area veteran is a recent example of how Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisors (CBA) assist veterans.

The air force veteran had been out of the service for over 24 years, since 1996. With a 40% Claims rating, he was receiving around $40 a month or about $480 annually.

“He was referred to me by another veteran we had assisted,” said CBA Diane Bowie. “We looked at ...

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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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$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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Accredited claims help & partnering with service providers strengthens veteran community

“Check the VA Office of General Counsel accreditation search to see if the VSO is accredited at https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp . Make sure your claim is being handled by a VA accredited representative,” advises Army veteran Keeyawnia “K.C.” Hawkins, Director of Bell County Veteran Services and County Veteran Service Officer.

An accredited VSO herself, “VA Accreditation Number: 22353,” she assists veterans with obtaining the benefits they’ve earned from the VA and other state and local agencies.  Further, she seeks to help strengthen ...

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In this patriotic county, everyone supports veterans

Mills County Veterans County Service Officer (VCSO) Craig Wright is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in Vietnam during 1964-1966. “I served on a destroyer, the USS O’Bannon DD450 during that time,” said Wright.

“This is a small but very patriotic county, and everyone supports our veterans. I work on anything associated with claims for veterans, as well as assistance with finding living quarters for needy veterans as the situation may arise.”

Wright said one of his biggest accomplishments was helping a ...

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From Sleep Apnea to 100% disability rating, Claims gets veteran benefits earned

In July, a San Antonio veteran worked with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Margaret Jowers on filing his obstructive sleep apnea as a secondary claim to already service connected PTSD.

In August, the veteran called Jowers to tell her the VA rating notification granted not only the obstructive sleep apnea as secondary claim to his service connected PTSD, they made him 100% Permanent and Total (P&T).

Jowers accomplished this working remotely within the health precautions required by the COVID-19 ...

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