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Statement on Retail Ready Career Center Closure

AUSTIN – On Sept. 20, 2017, the Texas Veterans Commission was informed that a search warrant had been executed at the Retail Ready Career Center in Garland, Texas which is being investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.

The TVC’s Education Program serves as the State Approving Agency and approves programs of education for veterans and eligible family members to utilize VA education benefits.  RRCC’s approval to train veterans using VA education benefits in it’s HVAC ...

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Texas Veterans Commission to host Veterans in Government Open House

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 40 state and local government agencies looking to hire veterans will be on hand at the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans in Government Open House at the Palmer Events Center, April 21.

Agencies including the Department of Public Safety, the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Texas Education Agency, the University of Houston and the City of Austin are scheduled to attend the event. Overall, there are currently about 8,700 open positions within Texas government agencies, many of ...

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HB 3710 raises $173K for Texas veterans

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans have donated more than $173,000 to support the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance since House Bill 3710 went into effect on Sept. 1, 2015.
Signed into law last June, H.B. 3710 added an option for individuals applying for or renewing a License to Carry a Handgun to make a voluntary contribution to the FVA, similar to the option already available for Texas driver licenses.

“These generous donations will go to local organizations that serve veterans ...

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Women Veteran Program Roll Call March 24-26 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Veterans Commission’s Women Veterans Program will be hosting ‘Roll Call: Life Beyond the Oath’ for women veterans in the San Antonio area, March 24-26.

“Roll Call is designed to let women veterans know about available services, preserve their histories, connect them to one another, recapture the military’s sense of camaraderie, and remind the public that more than 2 million women have worn the nation’s cloth, proudly serving the red, white, and blue,” said Edith Disler, PhD, ...

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Women Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar March 12 in Arlington

AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission is conducting a Women Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar on March 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at the University of Texas Arlington (College of Business), Room 245, 701 South West Street, Arlington, Texas 76019.

The seminar is open to all Veterans, active duty personnel and their families wishing to start or expand their own business. Participating organizations will include the Texas Veterans Commission, Small Business Administration (SBA), Service Corps of Retired ...

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Texas Veterans Commission recognizes Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

TEXAS – Today, the Texas Veterans Commission will be awarding Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst the Texas Veterans Commission Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership on Veterans’ issues as the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, working with Gov. Rick Perry, and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Texas Veterans Commission to launch the State Strike Force and the Fully Developed Claims Teams Initiative to help reduce the federal backlog of veterans’ claims for disability benefits in ...

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Texas Veterans Commission Launches Veteran Entrepreneur Academy

AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission announced today that it is accepting applications for the inaugural Veteran Entrepreneur Academy. The Veteran Entrepreneur Academy is a 120-day program followed by a two-year mentorship with the Texas Veterans Commission designed to provide Veteran Entrepreneurs with a strong foundation in small business basics.

“The Academy is the next step for the Veteran Entrepreneur Program and builds on the incredible success of the program to date,” said Thomas Palladino, Texas Veterans Commission Executive Director. “By ...

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$6.5 million available to programs serving Veterans

TEXAS – Organizations that support Veterans can now apply for more than $6 million in grants through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The grants consist of $1.5 million in Veterans Mental Health grants and $5 million in General Assistance grants. Since 2009, the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance has helped Veterans and their families by connecting government resources with community organizations.

“These grants fill the gap in local communities where there may not be enough Veterans resources,” said Thomas Palladino, ...

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Veterans Day letter from Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu

Veterans Day. A day when Texans think of Veterans first and say thank you to those who have served. Veterans are the women and men who raised their right hand and swore an oath to support and defend the United States. Veterans do not ask for our gratitude, but recognizing their service that is the least we can do to show our Veterans that we are truly grateful for their dedication to our country.

Veterans Day is especially important here in ...

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To preserve integrity of the grant process, Advisory Committee adjourns without action

TEXAS – Today, the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Advisory Committee adjourned before taking any action on its recommendation to the Texas Veterans Commission for grants which are scheduled to begin in January 2015.

During the public meeting, a committee member self-identified conflicts of interest with two applicant organizations that were being considered for funding but declined to recuse himself from voting on the funding recommendation to the Texas Veterans Commission. Since voting to recommend or not recommend funding ...

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