Honor all who served & cherish freedoms on Veterans Day

November 11, 2021
Veterans are an important part of all our lives because they protected the freedoms we enjoy. After their service in the U.S. military, veterans go on to be valuable members of our communities. With that in mind, let us honor them this Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, thank them for their service and celebrate them.
Veterans inspire us with their commitment, sacrifice, and contributions.
Just like anyone else, veterans can at times use some assistance. Help with …

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Inspired service guides Denton County veterans to benefits

Huey Helicopters and F-4 Phantom models plus other Vietnam memorabilia greet those arriving to see Donald Phillips, Denton County Assistant Veteran Service Officer (ASVO)and Navy veteran.
“I see more Vietnam veterans than any other veterans,” said Phillips.
“What inspired me to create this wall was my uncle who was a Huey Pilot in Vietnam and was shot down 3 times. That’s where the Huey Helicopters come from and the F-4 Phantom is a dedication to Hank Schieble the man …

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From 0%-100% Claims compensation in 51 days

An Air Force veteran contacted the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office on July 27, 2021 and had a 0% service-connected disability rating. About a month and a half later, on Sept. 15, his compensation rating went to 100%. That awarded him a monthly compensation over $3,320 and granted a retroactive payment of $185,660.15.

“My first contact with the veteran was on July 27, 2021, he had booked an appointment,” said TVC Claims Benefit Advisor Jazmin Garcia, pictured. “After …

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From self-doubt to self actualization & employment

Having earned her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, Navy veteran Joanna Ayala, pictured, was eager to put it to use; but, encountering difficulty securing employment. On April 2, 2021, she had an initial meeting with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) and Army veteran Katasha Gray at Resource Connection in Fort Worth.
“Her barriers to employment made Ayala eligible for DVOP (Disabled Veteran Outreach Program) Funded Individualized Career Services through the JVSG (Jobs for Veterans State Grants) …

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Lost benefits secured with retro payment of $553,085

In September, a veteran in El Paso was awarded a retro payment over $553,085 with the help of Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor and Army veteran Roberto Macias.
The veteran served as a Weapons-Technician in the Navy during his service of at least two tours in Vietnam (RVN area) and earned the RVN Gallantry Cross.
In winning the retro payment, Macias worked to secure documentation and provided it to the VA that the veteran had served in Vietnam …

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Confidential counseling & services offered by Vet Centers

Looking for services to help one’s well being in a subtle environment? Vet Centers offer social, mental and emotional wellness in a confidential manner at low profile locations. Additionally, the centers provide connectivity to many resources available in the community.
“The confidentiality is a big asset of Vet Centers,” said Mike Jaeger, Army veteran and Southwest District Manager for the Texas Veterans Commission’s Claims Department. The centers themselves are somewhat nondescript. “The centers are often located in office buildings or …

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Veteran County Service Offices awarded over $2.3 million in grants to assist local veterans

Eleven Veteran County Service Offices (VCSOs) across Texas were awarded a combined total of over $2.3 million in Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Grants from the Texas Veterans Commission. The grants assist the VCSOs to provide assistnace directly to veterans including financial assistance, home modifications, transportation, dental care and more. The grants were presented in August and September 2021.
Each County VCSO receiving grants, amounts and details on services to veterans the grants fund listed below.

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Peer expands comradery with Victoria’s Veteran Day celebration VetFest

Marine Corps veteran and Victoria area Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinator Oscar Pulido saw the opportunity to enhance his town’s annual veteran recognition event with more comradery for veterans and connect them with local resources and services. The event, VetFest, is scheduled for Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at the Son Valley Ranch near Victoria. Event planning features live music, putt-putt golf, a playground, fishing pond and pellet gun competition. Veterans can enjoy …

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WWII Marine Corps woman veteran is a rare jewel

Ever talked with a WWII Marine Corps woman veteran? It’s a rare conversation opportunity.
WWII Marine Corps Veteran Marine Marilyn Richards Dow of Corpus Christi celebrated her 100th birthday in August 2021.
The honor of meeting Ms. Dow occurred for Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisors Durashia Frizzell (Navy veteran), Karen Casey (Army veteran), and Marlene Reifenberger (Army Veteran) while they were forming the Women Veterans of the Coastal Bend, a veterans support and service group. “She was our …

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Tops in entrepreneurs , Texas lands PenFed pitch competition

Texas cities scored among the best for veteran entrepreneurs by the PenFed Foundation. In the top 20 were the metro areas of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area was recognized as the Largest Riser and it ranked 26th. San Antonio was ranked 25th. More Texas cities were included in the top 100, see Top Cities for Veteran Entrepreneurs. According to PenFed, Texas’s veteran owned business community is second largest in North America.
In recognition of Texas’s entrepreneur success and …

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