Mental Health

Ramping up assistance for veterans in Granbury

The versatility of the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) is being shown in Granbury as MVPN is part of wheelchair ramp building for veterans’ homes. The ramp building is in addition to the Granbury area Pecan Valley MVPN’s ongoing support for mental wellness and general assistance to over 100 veterans.

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Veteran Homelessness Initiative expands with Homeless Veteran Coordinators

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has increased its efforts to reduce and prevent veteran homelessness by expanding its team with two Homeless Veteran Coordinators.

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“This is good news. They will engage directly with veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of experiencing it in both urban and rural areas across Texas,” said Dr. Blake Harris, TVC Veteran Mental Health Department Director, pictured. ...

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Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court invites Chairwoman Koerner to “All Hands On Deck” event

Judge Wayne Christian, Colonel, US Army, Retired, of the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) invited the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to participate in the VTC’s “All Hands On Deck” docket held December 13, 2021.

Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) invited the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to participate in the VTC’s “All Hands On Deck” docket held December 13, 2021.

“This is our opportunity to see all of our veterans face-to-face prior to the holiday season, encourage them to make the ...

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Senators Menéndez, Hall & Representative Tinderholt honored for support & advocacy for veterans

Texas State Senators José Menéndez and Bob Hall, and Representative Tony Tinderholt received special recognition from the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for their consistent, strong support and advocacy on veterans issues throughout their years of service in the Legislature.

Menéndez’s support has included authoring and working to pass bills which improved higher education and the college environment for veterans. He also successfully advocated for veteran mental health programs to include family members and allow veterans of any discharge status, other than ...

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Confidential counseling & services offered by Vet Centers

Looking for services to help one’s well being in a subtle environment? Vet Centers offer social, mental and emotional wellness in a confidential manner at low profile locations. Additionally, the centers provide connectivity to many resources available in the community.

“The confidentiality is a big asset of Vet Centers,” said Mike Jaeger, Army veteran and Southwest District Manager for the Texas Veterans Commission’s Claims Department. The centers themselves are somewhat nondescript. “The centers are often located in office buildings or strip ...

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Peer expands comradery with Victoria’s Veteran Day celebration VetFest

Marine Corps veteran and Victoria area Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinator Oscar Pulido saw the opportunity to enhance his town’s annual veteran recognition event with more comradery for veterans and connect them with local resources and services. The event, VetFest, is scheduled for Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at the ...

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Veteran, daughter & dogs find home through Facebook & Military Veteran Peer Network

In late July, a Facebook post seeking help for a dog suffering from heat stroke lead Beaumont area resident Karen Kiesling to a nearby Village Creek State Park in Lumberton. There, she found a veteran, her daughter and their four dogs camped. The family, Army veteran Ruth Lufkin and her daughter Seevena Poole, had been evicted from their home after they got behind on rent as health conditions made it difficult for Poole to work and earn money.

After connecting with ...

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Faith & Allegiance Initiative prepares for statewide expansion

“Just as those who served in uniform swore to bear true Faith and Allegiance to our Nation, the Faith and Allegiance Initiative, founded by John Wilson, seeks to encourage community and faith-based partners to bear true faith and allegiance by offering a hand,” said Dr. Blake Harris, Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Mental Health Department (VMHD) Director.

Pictured from left are Dr. Blake Harris, TVC VMHD Director; and John Wilson, Community and Faith-Based Coordinator TVC VMHD.

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