Employer of the Year awards recognize commitment to employing veterans

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Employment Services (VES) Program presented its annual Employer of the Year awards in February. The awards recognize public and private-sector employers who have a positive effect on Texas veterans, other employers, workers and their communities.  Awards are presented in each VES District of Texas and are listed below:
Gulf Coast Large Employer of the Year – Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) currently has 36,883 employees, including 4,913 …

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Women Warriors business pitch competition awards MilkSpace as winner

Entrepreneur and Navy Veteran Kelli Mumphrey won the Women Warriors Winning the Business Battle Pitch Competition held in February. As winner, she receives a $500 line of credit to help fund her business, MilkSpace LLC.  MilkSpace provides pop up, mobile spaces for mothers to nurse children in a comfortable, clean environment and includes breast feeding essentials for them. Mumphrey was inspired to start the business based on her own experiences as a mom. The business pitch competition was an event …

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Claims helps veteran receive $733K payment

A McAllen veteran received a retroactive payment totaling $733,294.72 by working with his local Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims Benefits Advisor (CBA) Jose Zamora.
Zamora had been assisting the veteran with an appeal which had been in an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing since January 2018. Further, the case had been on remand dating back to May 1993. Through countless hours of researching the veteran’s service treatment files, CAPRI records at four different VA facilities, and military history, Zamora constructed …

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New Claims office opens in Cedar Park

The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has opened a Claims office in Cedar Park. The office assists veterans in claiming the benefits they have earned through filing disability compensation claims with the VA. The service is provided at no charge to the veteran.
Opened in February, the new Cedar Park office offers area veterans an alternative to traveling to TVC Claims offices in other locations such as southeast Austin and Fort Hood.
“Opening a new office is a great opportunity to …

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Audie Murphy hospital earns first as VA Purple Heart hospital

Pictured representing the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) at the Purple Heart Hospital and Healthcare System designation event are TVC Commissioner Laura Koerner and TVC Claims Southwest District Manager Mike Jaeger.
On February 24, 2020, the Audie L Murphy Memorial VA Hospital became the first VA Hospital in the nation to be honored and designated a Military Order of the Purple Heart Hospital. Additionally, the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, to which the hospital belongs, became the third system in …

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Veterans Affairs & Border Security Hearing attracts 200

On February 24, 2020; the State of Texas Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee held a public hearing on a variety of topics including: Veterans Treatment Courts, Veteran Health Care, and Veterans Mental Health. Held in Harlingen, the hearing attracted over 200 veterans and was attended by a Texas Veterans Commission delegation led by Chairman Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.
Veterans Affairs & Border Security is chaired by Senator Donna Campbell. After the public hearing, she and Senator Eddie Lucio hosted …

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Claims Team in New Cities Help Veterans File Claims & More

Get to know the Claims Benefits Advisors (CBAs) who are now at work in eight new cities across Texas that previously did not have a Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Claims office. Click on The Voice of Texas Veterans and hear James Powell in Del Rio as well as, pictured in order from left to right, Tonya Yankee in Borger, and Michael Hernandez in New Braunfels. Plus, hear from new CBAs Frank Martinez in Harlingen, and Beth Carver in Big Spring. …

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Veterans Treatment Courts receive with $250K in grants to get veterans back on track

The Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) awarded Veteran Treatment Courts in 17 counties a combined total of $250,000 for FY 19-20. These grants assist the courts with their mission of getting justice involved veterans back as positive members into their communities.
FVA grantee Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court tells how these courts benefit their veterans; watch Galveston’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jVVrzV9lCQ
Since 2010, $11 million in FVA grants have been awarded to Veteran Treatment Courts across Texas.
The program is designed …

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Access to Compensation & Pension Exam helps family of justice involved veteran

When justice involved veteran Stanton Yates was able to take a Compensation & Pension (C&P) Exam, it increased his disability rating to 100%. That in turn provided his seven-year-old son access to healthcare from the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA), improved his son’s chances of going to college and opened the possibility of an apportionment to his mother. That Yates, an incarcerated veteran, could take the C&P exam which made this possible wasn’t a simple process.
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