Mental Health

Military Veteran Peer Network serves over 41,500 veterans in 6 months

In just six months, September 2020 through February 2021, the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) served 34,789 veterans or veteran family members; plus, MVPN engaged with 6,720 justice-involved veterans. Additionally, MVPN conducted 196 training events; and trained 642 Texans in Basic Military Cultural Competency Training and Suicide Prevention Training.

“The steadfast commitment of our Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinators and Peer Volunteers to serving Texas service members, veterans, and their families during this unprecedented time is self-evident,” said ...

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Newly formed Veterans Faith Champions assist transitioning military & veterans through faith organizations

The first three Veterans Faith Champions in Texas received their initial training in April 2021. Veterans Faith Champions are volunteers who will act as resource guides to transitioning military and veterans within their faith communities.

“Transition is a critical time. We all want social connectivity, community, and life purpose. You have all of these in the military. When service members leave the military, they look for those same opportunities as veterans,” said John Wilson, Lt. Colonel US Air Force Retired and ...

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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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Serving those who serve veterans mental well being

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Mental Health Department (VMHD) consists of multiple programs and initiatives aimed at providing training, certification, technical assistance and advocacy related to veteran mental health needs. VMHD includes programs and services for justice-involved veterans, peer support, suicide prevention, military cultural competency and military trauma awareness for public safety responders and mental health professionals, access to military-informed clinical mental health care, and community collaboration.

In working with this wide range VMHD provided thousands of training hours to ...

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Ramping up help for a veteran

John Singleton left his family farm to join the U.S. Army in 1964 and became a member of Airborne. In 1965, he was deployed to Vietnam.

Now, 55 years later, Singleton is at home in Guadelupe County with his family and raises chickens in his yard for fresh eggs. As he has limited mobility which affects how far and long he can walk, Singleton uses a wheelchair. His house needed modifications including ramps and handrails in the bathroom to increase his ...

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Peer helps released justice involved veteran with employment, mental health, back pay & more

After serving 20 years in prison, a Tyler area veteran who had not applied for his benefits was released. He persevered to receive his benefits and transition back into the community with the help of the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN).

“I got to see this veteran’s journey from before he was released from prison, to when he started corresponding with the Peer Service Coordinator (PSC), up to today when he got confirmation of his back pay,” said Erin McGann, ...

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Grieving the loss of a military loved one? Get in touch with TAPS

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) offers compassionate care and resources to those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Taps offers peer support, seminars, retreats, counseling and programs for adults and youth.

TAPS also offers ways for people to get involved with and support the programs they provide.

For more information visit https://www.taps.org/

For those grieving the loss of a fallen service member, or if you know someone needing support, TAPS has a 24/7 National Military Survivor helpline. Visit online ...

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