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$880,788 in emergency funding grants approved for veteran services organizations

As of April 20, 2020, $880,788 in additional, emergency grant funding from the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) has been approved to 16 organizations providing veterans services across the state. The additional funds are to assist with increased service demands brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Organizations receiving the supplemental funding were previously approved to receive grants by the FVA in the current grant cycle. The FVA awards annual grants to non-profit organizations and local ...

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Business relief resources available for COVID-19 impact

Texas veteran business owners are facing multiple challenges as entrepreneurs brought on by the Coronavirus COVID-19 emergency. For business owners, resources are available to help provide relief to the impact caused by the state of emergency including the following.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing business guidance and loan resources. For more information click on SBA COVID-19 resources.

The Texas Women’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs has launched the AssistHer COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant. The grant is to assist ...

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Claims assistance continues on, $280K+ in examples below

A Blue Water Navy Agent Orange compensation for a Kerrville area veteran and a correction on a form for a San Antonio area veteran highlight veterans’ Claims successes in March.

In Kerrville, Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Tammi Franklin’s work with a veteran on a Blue Water Navy claim resulted in the veteran being awarded $39,350 annually, plus $227,011 in retroactive compensation. The veteran previously had no claims benefits compensation.

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Travel with Trekking with TVC

Travel with Trekking with TVC to southeast Texas and meet Hilary Guest, an Army veteran and Jefferson County Veterans Service Officer. To serve the many veterans in his area, Guest and his team have offices in Beaumont and Port Arthur. They help veterans, their spouses and dependents file compensation claims, dependency claims, and more. Guest extends the invitation to “Come down and see what benefits you can get.” Watch the video, click VCSO.

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Audie Murphy VA Hospital Designated a Military Order of the Purple Heart Hospital

On February 24, 2020, the Audie L Murphy Memorial VA Hospital became the first VA Hospital in the nation to be honored and designated a Military Order of the Purple Heart Hospital. Additionally, the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, to which the hospital belongs, became the third system in the nation to be honored with the Purple Heart designation. Read more at Purple Heart designation.

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Coronavirus Update

As Texans continue taking preventative measures against Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Department of State Health Services is working closely with the Center for Disease Control in monitoring COVID19. For the latest information, click DSHS.

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices are closed to the public starting March 19, click VBA, but the Veteran Health Administration will continue to provide medical services. Click here for more information.

If you have concerns about how the ...

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Help Texas fight the spread of coronavirus

Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Now is the time for all to act and slow the spread of this disease. Please follow all CDC and Department of State Health Services precautions including social distancing for your safety and the safety of others. The sooner we stop its spread, the sooner our daily lives return to normal. I echo the Governor’s comments, “Today’s executive orders are precautionary measures that are in line with guidelines from the CDC and they will ...

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Veterans Affairs & Border Security Hearing attracts 200

On February 24, 2020; the State of Texas Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee held a public hearing on a variety of topics including: Veterans Treatment Courts, Veteran Health Care, and Veterans Mental Health. Held in Harlingen, the hearing attracted over 200 veterans and was attended by a Texas Veterans Commission delegation led by Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.

Veterans Affairs & Border Security is chaired by Senator Donna Campbell. After the public hearing, she and Senator Eddie Lucio hosted an ...

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