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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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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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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Commissioners award over $30.7M in grants to more than 120 organizations, approve veteran employer awards

At their quarterly meeting May 14th, 2020; Texas Veterans Commissioners approved a total of $30,775,000 in Funds for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) grants to be awarded to over 120 organizations across Texas. These funds are distributed as part of the 2020-2021 grant cycle and are expected to provide assistance to more than 33,400 veterans and their families.
The FVA awards annual grants to non-profit organizations and local governments which provide a wide range of assistance directly to veterans and their families. …

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“Lighthouse in the storm”- Food & essential items drive launched by Atascosa VCSO

“During difficult times the goal of our office is to be a lighthouse in the storm, a place where veterans can turn to and know that they can get a helping hand,” said Sarah Gamboa, Atascosa Veteran County Service Officer (VCSO) and US Marine Corps veteran.
Gamboa’s team has launched a food and essential items donation drive to help veterans experiencing economic hardships. The campaign is in addition to her usual duties of helping veterans with benefits claims, transportation to …

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Hazlewood education benefits help 42,835 in 2019

Over the past five years, Hazlewood education benefits use increased by more than 10%. In 2019, it was used by 42,835 individuals, compared to with 38,822 in 2015.
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption after G.I. Bill benefits have been exhausted. This includes most fee charges at public institutions of higher education in Texas. It does not …

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Employment readiness workshop virtually attracts a crowd

Translating military experience into civilian job matches can be difficult. Experienced coaching in writing resumes and other job search skills is a staple of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Employment Services (VES). These job seeking skills trainings were interrupted by the COVID-19 health emergency. Training sessions are now resuming with live online events, such as the Employment Readiness Workshop hosted by Steven Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors with the VES South Texas District team.
Held April 28, …

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VA honors TVC’s Emma Breitbarth & Katasha Gray as Veteran of the Day

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) Emma Breitbarth was recognized as VA Veteran of the Day and featured in the VA blog VAntange Point on April 26, 2020. A few days later, the VA named TVC VCA Katasha Gray as its Veteran of the Day for May 8.
“We, the Texas Veterans Commission, salute you for your hard work, focus on the mission and unwavering dedication to the service you provide for the veterans of Tyler, and North …

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Claims numbers increase, helps secure $2M retro payments

From March 19 when the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Department transitioned to remote service through May 8, Claims has had over 74,000 interactions with veterans. These have been on a strong uptick. For example, the week of May 4 had 15,600 interactions compared to 2,902 the week of March 22. A highlight of the recent activity has been the awarding of $2 million in combined retroactive payouts distributed among five veterans.
Regarding the combined total $2 million retroactive payment, …

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