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Commitment to Claims success leads to checking medical research

Juan Amaya’s strong commitment to getting veterans their benefits led him into researching medical findings.

“I was assisting a surviving spouse with a VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Claim. Her husband was only service connected for PTSD at 100% for only 4 years. In his death certificate it stated that the contributing factors were failure to thrive and anemia. I had to find a way to get his death service connected. I did some research and found medical literature stating that ...

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Reinventing self into new career

photo of Kurt Vogel

 

When 67-year-old U.S. Army veteran Kurt Vogel, pictured at right, was laid off from a Human Resource position over a year ago, he decided to reinvent himself and seek a new career field. In doing so, Vogel activated his profile in the Work in Texas (WIT) system. That got him a letter of introduction from Air Force ...

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Chive Charities provides assistance & equipment not covered by insurance, other resources

“We recognize that for many veterans and first responders, helping others is second nature; asking for it is not,” said Erika Carley, Senior Director of Operations, Chive Charities.

Chive Charities works to improve the quality of life of veterans and first responders by providing needed assistance, services or equipment which insurance and other resources do not cover.

“From therapeutic saunas ...

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Hone job hunting skills & connect with employers through Veteran Employment Services events

Job fair and career resources events hosted in May by Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Employment Services (VES) West Texas District attracted over 1,300 attendees and “resulted in multiple application submissions and pending job interviews,” said Rodney Washington, TVC VES West Texas District Outreach Coordinator and Air Force veteran.

“My daughter obtained the information she needed regarding the hiring process (of the CBP) and has initiated it. The information shared by the resume presenter also really helped her get it together. ...

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A day to honor heroes & cherish freedoms- Memorial Day, May 30, 2022

As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered and honored across this great state, this great nation and most importantly, in our hearts. 

Memorial Day is our chance as Americans ...

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Veterans Education’s Charles “Chuck” Bryant earns Excellence Award from state Collegiate Veteran Program Officials

In April, The Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran Program Officials (TACVPO) presented its 2022 Excellence Award to Charles “Chuck” Bryant, Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Education Operations Manager and Army veteran, pictured.

“He wants to help them (veterans) achieve their dream of graduating,” said TACVPO President Mary Roby. Roby noted Bryant’s longstanding dedication to improving the veteran education process for both colleges and students. She praised his work on Hazlewood benefits processes ...

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Entrepreneur Kevin Barber reappointed to Texas Veterans Commission by Governor Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott reappointed Kevin Barber to the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) for a term set to expire on December 31, 2027.

“I am honored by this opportunity to continue serving Texas veterans,” said Barber, an Army veteran. “Veterans are valued members of our community. I look forward to advocating for and supporting services to improve the quality of life of all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.”

“We welcome Kevin’s continued service and the expertise, experience and guidance he brings to ...

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Found homeless & unable to perform activities of daily living, couple & TVC team up to help veteran

A pair of Corpus Christi couples reached out to a homeless 82nd Airborne veteran who was in a wheelchair. They discovered he was unable to perform the activities of daily living and took him in. In trying to secure appropriate care and assistance for him, they encountered difficulties, challenges and denials, until they met Santos “Mo” Molina of the Texas Veterans Commission. Below is a letter from a member of the couples assisting the veteran, Dawn, written in February 2022, ...

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Switching to Texas Veterans Commission nets McAllen veteran over $329,600 in retro pay, disability rating increase to 100%

 

In February 2022, a McAllen veteran was awarded retro pay of over $329,600 and an increased disability rating of 100% with assistance from Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) and Army veteran Jose Zamora, pictured.

The story began in 2013 when the veteran was working with another veteran service organization that got him 0% for two conditions.  In 2014, the veteran ...

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