$6.6 million grant from Arnold Foundation to fund Texas Policy Lab at Rice U.

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 ...

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Statement on Universal K-9

AUSTIN – Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has been informed that a search warrant was executed at the Universal K-9 training facility in San Antonio, Texas, which is being investigated by multiple federal agencies to include the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General.

TVC’s Veterans Education Department serves as the State Approving Agency (SAA) and approves programs of education for veterans and eligible family members to utilize VA education benefits.  As the SAA, TVC withdrew Universal K-9’s approval ...

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TVC names 2017 Employment Award winners

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 ...

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Sunset Review of the Texas Veterans Commission

The mission and performance of the Texas Veterans Commission are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency’s funds are well spent.  Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate ...

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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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Federal Government Continues Response to Hurricane Harvey

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 ...
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Legislative Update for the 84th Legislature

VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH

Senate Bill 55, authored by Senator Jane Nelson and Rep. Susan King, enhances existing mental health programs for Veterans by supporting community-based efforts. The Texas Veterans Initiative is an innovative pilot program created to address the mental health needs of Texas Veterans. This public private partnership will provide an opportunity for the state of Texas, private donors and local communities to collaborate and create enduring partnerships that share responsibility and accountability for addressing mental health needs of Texas ...

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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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