Health Care Advocacy

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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From homeless veteran to veteran Health Care Advocate

Freddy Salazar served in the Marine Corps from 2005-2009. After he left the service, he was married and had two daughters. “Due to some mental health conditions and drug and alcohol use, I lost it all,” said Salazar. In 2012, he separated from his wife and was homeless.

“I was on the streets with 3 shirts, pants and shoes. I was in a shelter home for over 3 weeks while working for the Army National Guard Bureau. At that time in ...

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Legislature hears need for increase in Health Care Advocates

“Our top priority this session is to work with the legislature to address the challenges facing our veterans such as helping our veterans access our VA funded health care services with the assistance of our advocates,” Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Chairwoman Laura Koerner told the Senate Finance Committee

Koerner, a Navy veteran, and TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino, an Army veteran, presented to Legislature (Senate Finance Committee) the agency’s exceptional needs for additional funding on February 9.

Koerner began by showcasing TVC’s ...

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Together VCSO & Health Care Advocate support South Texas veterans

Can Veterans County Service Officers (VCSO) and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Health Care Advocates work together to better serve veterans? Yes, they can; meet David Salinas (left) and Phillip Davila (right). Salinas is the Jim Wells County VCSO and U.S. Marine veteran. In addition to assisting veterans with filing claims, Salinas works with Justice Involved Veterans, suicide prevention programs, and more. Davila is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a TVC Health Care Advocate for 20 counties. Based out of Corpus ...

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