Homeless veteran finds a way out with Goodwill and Fund for Veterans’ Assistance

“When I met my client William, he was homeless and living in his truck with his dog,” read the report from Kelley Harrell of Goodwill Central Texas. “He told me his story.  It was full of details of how he ended up homeless and his struggle to get out of that situation. He needed assistance with housing to help him move forward.  William quickly collected all the necessary documents for our Intake Team and was enrolled in our Veterans Support …

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Get the right compensation for your condition

“Anytime you have a service connected disability that has increased in severity you can apply for an increase in your evaluation providing that disability is not at the maximum percentage for that disability according to the rating schedule,” advises Phil Kraus, Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) who heads up  the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) Houston Regional Office “Strike Force”.
He also notes that if a new disability is created that is caused by a service connection condition, that new condition may …

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Over 1,290 veterans find jobs with TVC Employment Services

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Employment Services provided individualized career services to 2,369 veterans from July 2020 – June 2021. Of that, 1,294 found employment. Overall, throughout Texas, TVC’s Employment Services served 18,290 veterans in its past program year. This included job fairs, training and networking events.
“TVC’s Employment Services team plays a key role in getting Texas veterans and their family members employed, which in turn, strengthens the overall economy in Texas,” said Texas Veterans Commissioner and Air Force veteran …

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Benefits differ, get reliable assistance

“Just because a buddy says he or she is getting a particular benefit does not mean you are going to be eligible for the same benefit. Everyone’s circumstances are going to be different,” said Michaelle Davis, Comal County Veteran Service Officer (VSO) and Air Force veteran. “The best advice I can give to anyone needing assistance or information about the VA and programs is get your information from a reliable source such as a VSO or the VA directly.”
Her …

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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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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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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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Texas Legislature, Governor approve doubling Health Care Advocates to assist more veterans

The budget approved by the Texas Legislature and by Governor Greg Abbott included the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) request to add 12 more Health Care Advocates (HCAs) in VA facilities to help resolve veterans’ health care questions and issues.
TVC HCAs advocate for individual veterans. They work with the veteran to resolve VA health care conflicts in areas such as doctor appointments, labs, testing, pharmacy assistance, getting outside referrals, and VA health care related billing.
TVC Chairwoman Laura Koerner and …

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Considering filing a claim? “Give VA your Intent to File” says Ward County VCSO

Out in west Texas, Ward County is home to flat land, a big sky, the Pyote Rattlesnake Bomber Base and Veteran County Service Officer (VCSO) Willie Andino.
“Come see the Veteran Service Officer in your community; or, if you’re thinking of filing a claim and haven’t started, call 800-827-1000 and let the VA know you have an ITF (intent to file),” said Willie Andino, Ward County VCSO and Army veteran.
Andino assists veterans in Ward and surrounding counties with any …

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