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Congratulations American Legion Veteran Employment Service Award winners

The American Legion 2020 Employer of Veterans Award winners included Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Employer Liaison (VEL) Lee Ware and Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) Coach Trey Hubbard.

Ware earned awards at the state and national level. The 2020 American Legion National Employer Awards recognized him with its LVER (Local Veteran Employer Representative) of the Year award and Ware also earned the American Legion, Department of Texas, LVER of the Year award. Ware is a VEL with TVC Employment Services North ...

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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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VCSO Shorty assists Sabine veterans with Claims assistance, cheer, food & fuel

“All VCSOs (Veteran County Service Officers) have success stories. It’s the veteran we don’t get through to their benefits or have challenges with that we should focus on,” said Sabine County Veteran Service Officer and Navy veteran Thomas “Shorty” Warren.

And succeed he does, as exemplified by a WWII veteran who was assigned to Howitzer unit in Austria. “He came to me wanting hearing aids. We got him hearing aids and also $600 per month and $78,000 back pay,” said Warren.

He ...

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Grow your business by your growing team

The Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Veteran Entrepreneur Team is partnering with TVC’s Veteran Employment Services team to promote the benefits of hiring veterans to Veteran-Owned Businesses across the state.

“Are you looking to grow your team? Is it time to delegate activities to others so you can lead strategy for next stage business development? Then you won’t want to miss July’s edition of Success in 60 minutes. Join the Veteran Entrepreneur Program on July 14th for this look into how your business ...

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Memorial Day through the years

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a day for Americans to offer tribute and honor to the heroes who laid down their lives to preserve our freedoms.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the ...

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Expiration of Term of Service sponsors help change to civilian life

Want to help a service member in transitioning to civilian life? Or, are you about to transition and would like a local guide?

Similar to change of station sponsors, the ETS -Expiration of Term of Service- program provides sponsors to transitioning military.

Sponsors know their hometowns and the veteran resources in their community including federal and local services. ...

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The range that Claims helps includes a snowbird, veterans on weekend retreat & surviving spouse

A winter (snowbird)Texan checks in at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office in Harlingen and gets a rating upgrade. Veterans on a weekend retreat meet a TVC Claims Benefits Advisor and get help with their VA health care and claims issues. A CBA goes cross country to advocate for a surviving spouse. All are recent examples of the TVC Claims team connecting with veterans and providing a range of assistance, free.

A veteran residing in Harlingen during winter contacted the ...

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Matching skills to civilian jobs

Marine Corp veteran Sara Brogan served as an Airframe Mechanic. Army veteran Christin Schleker’s military background consisted of medical logistics. Both had barriers to employment. Here’s how each overcame those barriers.

Brogan responded to a general outreach to new veterans registered in Workintexas.com in January 2021. This outreach was initiated by Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Rural Veteran Career Advisor (RVCA) Pam Hardin who works from the Greenville, Texas Workforce Solutions office. Hardin’s initial assessment determined that Brogan was eligible for Individualized ...

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