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 ... Continue Reading
“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 ... Continue Reading
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 ... Continue Reading
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 ... Continue Reading
Assisting a WWII combat veteran in the Rio Grand Valley with his disability rating and helping a Bryan-College Station veteran in urgent need of VA documentation are ways the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims put their teamwork and resourcefulness to work in July. Further, Texas Senator Jose Menedez congratulated and thanked the Claims Southwest District for their service to thousands of veterans in the San Antonio area.
The WWII veteran from the Rio Grande Valley, age 102 and decorated with a ... Continue Reading
Success for a Brownsville veteran with the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals, reinstating a San Antonio veteran’s disability rating and getting Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for a Richland Hills widow are recent examples of how Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims can help veterans.
To assist an Air Force veteran from Brownsville, Claims Southwest Supervisor Bryan Brown and Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Thalia Hernandez teamed up to appeal on his behalf. The veteran filed an original claim in September 2009 that was ... Continue Reading
“There are myriad different considerations and potential obstacles when pursuing benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs,” said Paul Chandler, Fannin County Veteran Services Officer (VSO). “Do not attempt the claims process on your own. Contact a certified or accredited Veteran Services Officer in your county for assistance or a Texas Veterans Commission Claims Advisor. We are available to help the claimant navigate these oftentimes complicated processes.”
Assisting veterans, their dependents and family members in determining what benefits they may be ... Continue Reading
Since the start of the fiscal year in September 2019 through April 30, 2020, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department has assisted veterans in receiving over $250 million in retroactive payments plus annual increases.
Of the $250 million, $107 million was in retroactive pay disbursed to 7,088 veterans throughout the state. That’s an average of over $15,000 per veteran. Additionally, $145 million in annual increases was disbursed to 7,088 veterans throughout the state, an average of over $20,000 per veteran.
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“We are a general one-stop-shop for anyone needing help understanding the VA system!,” said Laura (Spain) Clark, Wise County Veteran Service Officer (VSO).
For veterans in any county, Clark encourages them to “make an appointment at your local County or State Service Office and ask all of those hard questions! In VA, there are no dumb questions!”
She should know. Clark has been the Wise County VSO for over 14 years. Prior to that she served in the U.S. Navy for 20 ... Continue Reading
From March 19 when the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department transitioned to remote service through May 8, Claims has had over 74,000 interactions with veterans. These have been on a strong uptick. For example, the week of May 4 had 15,600 interactions compared to 2,902 the week of March 22. A highlight of the recent activity has been the awarding of $2 million in combined retroactive payouts distributed among five veterans.
Regarding the combined total $2 million retroactive payment, TVC ... Continue Reading