Texans earn American Legion National Employer Awards

The 2019 American Legion National Employer Awards recognized Katasha Gray as Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) of the Year. Gray, a Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisor, was recognized last month by the America Legion’s state level employer award and has now gone on to be their national best. Congratulations Katasha!

Gray is assigned to the Resource Connection American Job Center in Ft Worth which serves 6,986 Veterans, of that 682 have disabilities.
“She has personally conducted …

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Unemployed for years, veteran gets job assist from Veterans Career Advisor Wyatt

Veteran Kristen Wahl left a job as a Security Manager for US Navy Submarines in Washington D.C. and moved to Texas with her husband. “I thought when I got to my new home state, I would have no problem finding employment,” said Wahl. About five years later, she was still looking for a job.
“I submitted hundreds of applications. I went to every career fair I could register for. I was on every job search site and veterans’ site there …

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NIXT networks Employment, other organizations for better veteran service

Networking Informational eXchange/Training (NIXT) is how veteran services providers are collaborating and sharing knowledge to improve veteran services in south Texas. NIXT is a weekly meeting of the Texas Veterans Commission’s (TVC) South Texas District Employment team to which other organizations and TVC programs are invited to present information. This creates a network between all participants and keeps the Employment team informed on directing veterans for various services beyond Employment. Recent NIXT participants include Texas Veterans Network (TX Serves), San …

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VA Veteran of the Day honors four Texas Veterans Commission employees in July

Congratulations Kim Reid, Shawna Story (formerly Medina ), Sherry Byard and Tanya “Tee” Huling for being recognized as a VA Veteran of the Day during July. Congratulations all and well done!
Reid, Staff Services Officer for the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Employment Services North District, was honored on July 1, 2020. Reid provides support to a team of approximately 50 TVC Employment Services members including managers, supervisors and field staff. Listen to her talk about her transition from the military …

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Meet the new Chairwoman of the Texas Veterans Commission

I am honored to have served as a Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Commissioner since 2018 and now being appointed Chairwoman. I look forward to supporting and advocating for TVC and all Texas veterans.
I’m a veteran myself, having served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard the USS Mahan and Enterprise.
Now, in addition to my TVC duties, I’m a project manager. I’m active in veteran’s matters and also in my community, Fair Oaks Ranch, where I serve …

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Welcome new commissioners & farewell departing members

Governor Greg Abbott appointed two new commissioners, Mary Lopez Dale of Cedar Park and Mike Hernandez of Abilene, to the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) in place of outgoing Commissioners Eliseo “Al” Cantu, Jr. of Corpus Christi and Dan Moran of Houston whose terms have expired.
“On behalf of the entire TVC, I welcome our new commissioners, Ms. Dale and Mr. Hernandez. Their knowledge and experience will be beneficial to our agency,” said TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino.
Dale serves as …

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Texas Veterans Commission seeks applicants for advisory committees on veteran services

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) is seeking qualified applicants to serve on its advisory committees. Advisory committees serve the TVC by making recommendations and/or providing key information and materials to the Commission.
The Texas Veterans Commission has established the following three advisory committees which have member positions available:

Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) Advisory Committee
This committee evaluates grant applications and provides recommendations to the TVC on the awarding of grants to organizations that provide direct services to veterans.
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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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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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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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