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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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More than $1 Million Awarded in Highly Rural Transportation Grants

TEXAS –The Texas Veterans Commission has been named as one of the recipients of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Highly Rural Transportation Grant, which will provide more than $1 million to 22 counties throughout Texas to benefit approximately 2,500 Veterans.

Through the grant, Veterans who live in highly rural areas can receive transportation benefits for Veteran-related health care concerns. Many Veterans who live in those areas, defined as having less than seven persons per square mile, may not have ...

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Almost $7 Million Awarded to Organizations Providing Direct Support to Texas Veterans

TEXAS – The Texas Veterans Commission recently awarded 38 organizations $6.95 million in General Assistance, Housing4TexasHeroes, and Veterans Mental Health grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. These grants offer funding to non-profit and local government organizations which, in turn, provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families.

“These new grantees will serve Texas Veterans and their family members through programs and services in their communities all over Texas,” said Kathy Wood, Director of the Fund for ...

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DPS Now Offers Option to Donate to Veterans’ Fund

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with State Representative Joe Farias and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), today announced a new opportunity for customers to make voluntary contributions to the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) when they apply for an original or renewal driver license or personal identification card.

“For more than 200 years, courageous men and women have joined the U.S. Military and selflessly fulfilled a pledge to serve and protect this great nation at all ...

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Letter from TVC Chairman Elisio “Al” Cantu on Memorial Day

Dear Fellow Texans,
Since 1971, when Memorial Day became an official holiday, the observance of Memorial Day has changed significantly. Moments of remembrance and reverence have been replaced with car sales and barbecues, while those who have made the ultimate sacrifice are often forgotten.

This Memorial Day, the Texas Veterans Commission is asking you to take a moment of remembrance, at 3 p.m. on May 26 for one minute. The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances, but it ...

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Texas Lottery® Introduces New Scratch-Off Game Benefiting Texas Veterans – ON THE MONEY

(AUSTIN) – Texas Lottery® retailers have begun selling On The Money, a new scratch-off game benefiting Texas veterans. Since 2009, the Texas Lottery has issued scratch-off games, including Veterans Cash and Veterans Winnings, to support the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance which is administered by the Texas Veterans Commission.

The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) awards reimbursement grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. ...

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Texas Veterans Commission recognizes State Rep. Sheffield

TEMPLE – The Texas Veterans Commission will recognize State Rep. Ralph Sheffield for his work on behalf of Texas Veterans during a Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar the agency is conducting on Saturday, February 1, from 9:00 am until 4:15 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd., Temple, Texas 76504.

“Rep. Sheffield has continually advocated for Texas Veterans and their families and his work on the Veteran Entrepreneur Program was consistent with that focus,” said Thomas Palladino, Executive Director of the ...

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