The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the DEPT OF VA, VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION (VBA) has directed that VBA Public Contact Offices no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services.
For VA/VBA assistance please contact the VA call center at 1-800-827-1000 or email Jocelyn.LaMasters@va.gov. Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website ... Continue Reading
Effective immediately, I am directing all TVC employees to serve veterans and their families virtually or remotely. To be clear, face-to-face service to any members of the public, our veterans and their beneficiaries is suspended until further notice for all TVC staff. Accomplishing our mission will undoubtedly be more challenging, but I am confident that we will succeed during this unprecedented pandemic.
The top priority of the Texas Veterans Commission is our employees’ health and safety. The risk of exposure to ... Continue Reading
Dear fellow Texans:
From August through November of 1918, Texans were fully engaged in the Great War. Nearly 200,000 were in uniform, many of them fighting in France. Over 5,100 would not return. They came from every community; from big cities and small towns. They were of all races, religions, and ethnicities. The majority were men, but Texas women also served in France as nurses, telephone switchboard operators, and with service organizations. At home, citizens conserved resources and helped provide for ... Continue Reading
HOUSTON – Rice University’s School of Social Sciences will launch an effort this fall to work side-by-side with Texas’ officeholders and state agencies to solve some of the state’s most pressing problems. The Texas Policy Lab, which is supported by a $6.6 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), will use cutting-edge research and analysis to offer measurable solutions for policymakers.
Social Sciences Dean Antonio Merlo said the lab will provide the executive and legislative branches of the ... Continue Reading
AUSTIN – The Texas Veterans Commission is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 TVC Employers Awards. These awards recognize both public and private-sector employers whose efforts and initiatives have had an extraordinary effect on Texas veterans, other employers, workers, and the communities in which the employer does business.
Employer recognition is an integral part of TVC’s ongoing appreciation for businesses in the community who show an outstanding commitment to employing veterans. By shining a spotlight on deserving employers, TVC ... Continue Reading
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to mobilize personnel and resources to support state, local and tribal efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana. More than 21,000 federal staff are deployed in support of Tropical Storm Harvey response.
While rescue efforts continue in many areas, recovery efforts are beginning for many communities. As of August 31, 2017:
- More than 33,800 people sought refuge in more than 240 Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas. Six ...