Congratulations to new Chairwoman Koerner

Governor Greg Abbott named Commissioner Laura Koerner of Fair Oaks as Chairwoman of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) in place of outgoing Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu, Jr. of Corpus Christi.
“Congratulations to Laura Koerner for rising to be Chairwoman of the Commission,” said TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino. “She has actively served as a Commissioner since 2018 and she regularly represents TVC in community and organization functions. We look forward to her continued service and leadership.”
A Navy veteran, Koerner …

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Facing depression, trauma, PTSD or other mental health issues? Know the resources available

“When I returned from war, I was raging and didn’t know why. I had to go get help.”- Marylyn

“I retired from the military, not in any way upset with the military at all. It was the best part of my life. It wasn’t until I had been out of the military for a number of years that things started to go wrong and I knew I needed help.” – Susan

Watch these and other veterans tell their …

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Blue Water Navy survivor awarded, over $250M in claims paid this fiscal year

Since the start of the fiscal year in September 2019 through April 30, 2020, the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department has assisted veterans in receiving over $250 million in retroactive payments plus annual increases.
Of the $250 million, $107 million was in retroactive pay disbursed to 7,088 veterans throughout the state. That’s an average of over $15,000 per veteran. Additionally, $145 million in annual increases was disbursed to 7,088 veterans throughout the state, an average of over $20,000 per …

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NPower expands tuition free tech career training to veterans statewide

NPower helps launch digital careers for military veterans from under-served communities and veteran spouses. Their digital and technology careers training is tuition free for qualifying veterans. Since 2013, NPower has served north Texas. Now via their new virtual program delivery, NPower expands its career training opportunities across Texas. Find out if you qualify for free technology and professional skills training, visit www.npower.org .
Upcoming opportunities include Tech Fundamentals in September 2020 and for NPower alumnus a Cybersecurity Career course in …

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Wise County Veteran Service Office welcomes questions on VA system

“We are a general one-stop-shop for anyone needing help understanding the VA system!,” said Laura (Spain) Clark, Wise County Veteran Service Officer (VSO).
For veterans in any county, Clark encourages them to “make an appointment at your local County or State Service Office and ask all of those hard questions! In VA, there are no dumb questions!”
She should know. Clark has been the Wise County VSO for over 14 years. Prior to that she served in the U.S. Navy …

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Exchange Services offer entrepreneurs a place for their products

The Army Airforce and Exchanges Services (AAFES) has a program that promotes the products and services of veteran owned businesses. The Exchanges Services Vendor Partner Program offers a marketplace for specialized and niche products from small, woman, and veteran-owned businesses. Short-term and long-term placements are offered. Under the Exchange Services Short-Term Program, veteran owned businesses can display and sell their products and services in the retail areas of the Post Exchange. To operate in a permanent location, small business vendors …

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Employment Plan to overcome hiring barriers highlights celebration

When eight women veterans recently completed their Employment Plan to overcome hiring barriers, West Texas Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) District Coach Tremayne Hubbard celebrated them. The veterans were recognized at the annual Women Veterans Day celebration hosted by Hubbard.
An Employment Plan provides a written step-by-step guide and actions to help overcome identified Significant Barrier(s) to Employment (SBE). The plan helps get the veteran job ready to find employment. Additionally it provides moral support at a very critical time in …

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Employment Services duo of Gray and Huling awarded by DAV and American Legion Veteran Employment Service Award winners

Earning top employment services awards from the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the American Legion, Department of Texas are Katasha Gray and  Tanya Huling. Both work in the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Employment Services North District.
Gray was awarded as Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist of the Year by the DAV and American Legion.  Huling received the Local Veteran Employer Representative of the Year from both organizations. Gray is a Veteran Career Advisor, helping veterans with their search for employment and …

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Community connections bring veterans to Fannin County Veteran Services Officer

“There are myriad different considerations and potential obstacles when pursuing benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs,” said Paul Chandler, Fannin County Veteran Services Officer (VSO). “Do not attempt the claims process on your own. Contact a certified or accredited Veteran Services Officer in your county for assistance or a Texas Veterans Commission Claims Advisor. We are available to help the claimant navigate these oftentimes complicated processes.”
Assisting veterans, their dependents and family members in determining what benefits they may …

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Appeals success, protecting disability rating & helping a widow

Success for a Brownsville veteran with the VA Board of Veterans’ Appeals, reinstating a San Antonio veteran’s disability rating and getting Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for a Richland Hills widow are recent examples of how Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims can help veterans.
To assist an Air Force veteran from Brownsville, Claims Southwest Supervisor Bryan Brown and Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Thalia Hernandez teamed up to appeal on his behalf. The veteran filed an original claim in September 2009 that …

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