The range that Claims helps includes a snowbird, veterans on weekend retreat & surviving spouse

A winter (snowbird)Texan checks in at the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office in Harlingen and gets a rating upgrade. Veterans on a weekend retreat meet a TVC Claims Benefits Advisor and get help with their VA health care and claims issues. A CBA goes cross country to advocate for a surviving spouse. All are recent examples of the TVC Claims team connecting with veterans and providing a range of assistance, free.
A veteran residing in Harlingen during winter contacted …

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Matching skills to civilian jobs

Marine Corp veteran Sara Brogan served as an Airframe Mechanic. Army veteran Christin Schleker’s military background consisted of medical logistics. Both had barriers to employment. Here’s how each overcame those barriers.
Brogan responded to a general outreach to new veterans registered in Workintexas.com in January 2021. This outreach was initiated by Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Rural Veteran Career Advisor (RVCA) Pam Hardin who works from the Greenville, Texas Workforce Solutions office. Hardin’s initial assessment determined that Brogan was eligible for …

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Ask County Veteran Service Officers about more than Claims

“When speaking to your County Veteran Service Officer feel free to address questions that you might have which may be outside of the scope of VA disabilities. Chances are they will know how to begin a specific process or have great resources that will help you through any issues you may be encountering,” said Sasha Mathews, Marine Corps veteran and Hays County Senior Assistant Veteran Service Officer, pictured. “We are here to address the ‘whole’ veteran and their families.”

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Quick Reaction Force: Removing Barriers connects 870 with needed resources

Quick Reaction Force: Removing Barriers is a veterans benefits fair held virtually and quarterly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It connects veterans and their families with participating community-based service providers. Services include employment, education, health care, child care, tuition assistance, utility and housing assistance and mental well being counseling for veterans, their families and surviving spouses. At the event, organizations interact with attendees to provide eligibility criteria, answer questions and set appointments.
Participating community organizations and government agencies have …

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Women Veterans Program Manager honored as Outstanding Woman in Texas Government

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Women Veterans Program Manager Dr. Krystle Matthews, Ed.D, HRD, has been honored as a 2020 Outstanding Woman in Texas Government by the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women. A letter from Governor Greg Abbott announcing the award cited Matthews’ community involvement at the Texas Veterans Commission as well as her dedication and service to the state and to Texans. The Governor publicly announced the award on April 7.
An Army veteran, Matthews supervises the TVC team of …

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Claims helps veteran secure retro-payment over $886,000

A south Texas veteran whose disability claim was originally denied by the VA recently had a successful appeal by working with Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisors (CBAs) which resulted in a tax-free retro payment of over $886,170.
CBAs Craig Hardwick and Margaret Jowers worked with the veteran on a claim to service connect a Squamous Carcinoma in the pelvic region caused by exposure to ionizing radiation to the veteran. The claim went all the way to the Board …

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Get the ball rolling on getting benefits

Larry Fisk, Veteran Service Officer for Dallam and Hartley counties, knows the importance of having proper documents to receive VA benefits. “I’ve helped out a bunch of veterans in getting their DD214. You’ve got to start with that.”
To help area veterans, Fisk has made his office in Dalhart available, literally. He recalled a job seeking veteran needing access to a computer. “He came in, The TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) was trying to help him get a job at the …

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In El Paso, Employment’s Parrot volunteers in an advisory role with City

When Don Parrot saw an opening on the City of El Paso’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, he saw it as an opportunity to collaborate on a larger scale to improve services for veterans.
“By serving in the community, TVC staff can have their finger on the pulse, of what is going on and what needs to happen,” said Parrot. “The committee provides me with insight into the issues that veterans face and there is so much knowledge on the committee. …

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Business mentors, protégés sought for HUB program

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is seeking experienced, HUB certified Veteran-owned small businesses and new Veteran-owned small businesses to pair in a new HUB Mentor/Protégé Program.
“As a mentor, we are looking for companies that are HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Certified, have experience responding to Local, State or Federal contracting opportunities, and are willing to volunteer time to mentor veteran owned protégé companies in construction, services or commodities,” said Christina Mortel, Business Consultant of TVC’s Veteran Entrepreneur Program.
“As a …

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Legislature hears need for increase in Health Care Advocates

“Our top priority this session is to work with the legislature to address the challenges facing our veterans such as helping our veterans access our VA funded health care services with the assistance of our advocates,” Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Chairwoman Laura Koerner told the Senate Finance Committee
Koerner, a Navy veteran, and TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino, an Army veteran, presented to Legislature (Senate Finance Committee) the agency’s exceptional needs for additional funding on February 9.
Koerner began by …

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