Coronavirus Update

As Texans continue taking preventative measures against Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Department of State Health Services is working closely with the Center for Disease Control in monitoring COVID19. For the latest information, click DSHS.
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices are closed to the public starting March 19, click VBA, but the Veteran Health Administration will continue to provide medical services. Click here for more information.
If you have concerns about how the virus may affect your G.I. Bill® benefits, click Education. The US Congress recently passed …

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Veterans Affairs & Border Security Hearing Attracts 200 Veterans

On February 24, 2020, the State of Texas Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee held a public hearing on a variety of veteran issues in Harlingen, Texas. The public hearing was followed by an appreciation barbecue for veterans, hosted by state Senators Donna Campbell and Eddie Lucio.
Pictured from left are veteran George Solis with Senator Campbell and veteran Lupita Perz with Senator Lucio.
Read more at VABS.

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Help Texas fight the spread of coronavirus

Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Now is the time for all to act and slow the spread of this disease. Please follow all CDC and Department of State Health Services precautions including social distancing for your safety and the safety of others. The sooner we stop its spread, the sooner our daily lives return to normal. I echo the Governor’s comments, “Today’s executive orders are precautionary measures that are in line with guidelines from the CDC and they will strengthen …

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CLOSED: Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Offices

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the DEPT OF VA, VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION (VBA) has directed that VBA Public Contact Offices no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services.
For VA/VBA assistance please contact the VA call center at 1-800-827-1000 or email Jocelyn.LaMasters@va.gov. Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website …

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Continued service to veterans via virtual methods

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) values the health and safety of Texas veterans, their families, and spouses. To reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the TVC now provides its services via virtual meetings until further notice. We have transitioned from face-to-face meetings to conducting business over the phone, via email and other such methods. This also protects our TVC team which provides services to veterans and their beneficiaries.
A listing of TVC services is provided by city at https://www.tvc.texas.gov/about/office-locations/.  Veterans may …

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Businesses, organizations & women veterans network at Team Lioness Luncheons

The Career Services for Women Veterans Coalition is a network of nonprofit agencies, public and private organizations, and veteran-friendly employers. With a focus on economic empowerment of women veterans, this coalition hosts monthly Team Lioness Hiring & Networking Luncheon in Houston. The Career Services for Women Veterans Coalition is a network of nonprofit agencies, public and private organizations, and veteran-friendly employers. With a focus on economic empowerment of women veterans, this coalition hosts monthly Team Lioness Hiring & Networking Luncheon …

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Take the Our Place women veterans center services assessment survey

Our Place women veterans center is conducting a survey to gauge interest in services provided.
To take the survey, click on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYDFFMN
Our Place will be located one the CAMPV (Community Assisting Military Personnel & Veterans) campus located in Tyler. CAMPV is a one-stop resource center that provides a range of services on the campus and connects veterans to services in the surrounding community. Programs and services will include:

Work readiness
Education resources
Support groups
Health and wellness
For …

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Grieving the loss of a military loved one? Get in touch with TAPS

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) offers compassionate care and resources to those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Taps offers peer support, seminars, retreats, counseling and programs for adults and youth.
TAPS also offers ways for people to get involved with and support the programs they provide.
For more information visit https://www.taps.org/
For those grieving the loss of a fallen service member, or if you know someone needing support, TAPS has a 24/7 National Military Survivor helpline. …

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VA Compensated Work Therapy & TVC Team Up for Dallas-Fort Worth Job Fair

Celebrating their fifth year, the VA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Department and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veterans Employment Services (VES) North Texas District teamed up in producing a job fair to connect employers and veterans. A total of 188 veterans participated in the event which featured 46 employers from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Employers included over 30 private businesses, plus a dozen government agencies.
The VA CWT supports veterans who may have barriers obtaining employment or retaining employment; and assists …

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Congressman Hurd recognizes El Paso Veteran Employment assistance to food drive

Texas Veterans Commission Employment Services helps beyond job seeking skills and coordinating with employers. In February, Special Congressional Recognition from the Office of Congressman Will Hurd was presented to El Paso Veteran Employee Liaison Kevin Bowes and District Outreach Coordinator Don Parrot, pictured from left to right. The recognition was for their efforts in assisting the El Paso Veterans and Riders Association’s annual food drive.

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