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Found homeless & unable to perform activities of daily living, couple & TVC team up to help veteran

A pair of Corpus Christi couples reached out to a homeless 82nd Airborne veteran who was in a wheelchair. They discovered he was unable to perform the activities of daily living and took him in. In trying to secure appropriate care and assistance for him, they encountered difficulties, challenges and denials, until they met Santos “Mo” Molina of the Texas Veterans Commission. Below is a letter from a member of the couples assisting the veteran, Dawn, written in February 2022, ...

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Switching to Texas Veterans Commission nets McAllen veteran over $329,600 in retro pay, disability rating increase to 100%

 

In February 2022, a McAllen veteran was awarded retro pay of over $329,600 and an increased disability rating of 100% with assistance from Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) and Army veteran Jose Zamora, pictured.

The story began in 2013 when the veteran was working with another veteran service organization that got him 0% for two conditions.  In 2014, the veteran ...

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From denied to awarded, widow gets Dependent Indemnity Compensation with help from Texas Veterans Commission

A widow in Corpus Christi initially denied Dependent Indemnity Compensation (D.I.C.) due to the suicide of her husband has now been awarded over $2,099 monthly D.I.C. The award was earned with the assistance of Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) and Navy veteran Santos “Mo” Molina.

“He carried the responsibility, professionalism, compassion and understanding to a case that needed it. His tenacity and availability gave this widow and her family HOPE!” said Mary Donovan, a friend of the widow.

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From stuck in Ready for Decision status to over $47,000 in retro pay

The Benefits Delivery Discharge Claim was to be effective October 1, 2020. After not receiving the benefits, the veteran contacted Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Kathy Pino for assistance. TVC CBAs assist veterans with the Claims process and advocate for them with the VA. Though the Claim was held up in Ready for Decision status, Pino with the assistance of colleagues persevered and the veteran recently received her rating, a 100% Permanent and Total disability rating with ...

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Getting out to assist veterans

In assisting veterans and their families to receive their benefits, Ted Oats gets out to meet them where they are. “Many times, I visit with families in the home, nursing home or assisted living facilities to explain the requirements to be able to qualify,” said Oats, Hunt County Veteran Services Director and retired Air Force Colonel. “I also provide help to home health organizations explaining all of the programs available to veterans and their spouses.”

The Hunt County Veterans Services Office, ...

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At Corpus Christi Veteran Stand Down, Claims filed on the spot

Claims were filed, hot lunches served, flu shots and haircuts were given and items for warmth and hygiene provided at the Corpus Christi Veterans Stand Down serving homeless veterans. Held November 12, 2021, the event was attended by 43 veterans and 20 community resource representatives participated, including the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Corpus Christi team. TVC Claims and Veteran Employment were on hand as well as the Nueces Veteran County Service Officer (VCSO) J.J. De La Cerda and local VA ...

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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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