HUNTER: These Texas Programs Assist & Help Our Current or Former Military Members

The month of November helps recognize our Nations Veterans

By State Rep. Todd Hunter

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AUSTIN Texas (Texas Insider Report)  U.S. Veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and its important to honor them for their service. The month of November is a time to recognize the sacrifice of the men and women that served in the Armed Forces.

According to a Texas State Summary conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs our state is home to around 1.6 million veterans. Many have chosen to stay in Texas or move to Texas from somewhere else due to the great programs that are in place to help assist our service members.

In Texas we have a number of programs that seek to help and assist our current and former members of the military. These programs are spread across different state agencies that work to implement and administer them.

Texas has a number of resources that are managed by a wide range of state agencies but the two primary agencies are the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and the Veterans Land Board (VLB).

The Texas Veterans Commission was established in 1927 and was originally designated as the State Service Office. It was tasked with assisting those veterans of the Indian wars Spanish-American War and World War I.

The intention of creating this agency was to act as the state appointed advocate of the veterans in Texas. Today the TVC works to try and help both current and former members of our military to secure the benefits they have earned through their service.

According to their website (http://www.TVC.texas.gov/) there are four program areas in which they can be of assistance:

  • Claims: This department serves veterans their dependents and survivors in all matters pertaining to veterans disability benefits and rights. It is the designated agency of the state of Texas to represent the State and its veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • Employment: This department offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.
  • Education: This department approves all programs for Chapter 30 33 35 1606 and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.
  • Grants & Funding: The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) Grant Program awards reimbursement grants to eligible charitable organizations local government agencies and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families.
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In addition to the TVC the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) helps our military men and women after they return from service.

The VLB was created in 1946 with the mission of administering benefits that were exclusively for our Texas veterans. Some of the programs at the VLB help our service members with obtaining low interest loans on land homes home improvements as well as home programs to help provide long-term care services for our Texas veterans.

  • If you would like to learn more about these programs and the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) please visit their website at: http://www.GLO.Texas.Gov/VLB/

If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned above please dont hesitate to call my Capitol or District Offices. As always my offices are available at any time to assist you with Constituent Services questions concerns or comments (Capitol Office: 512-463-0672; District Office: 361-949-4603).

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And feel free to contact my office if you have questions or issues regarding any Texas State Agency.

Texas State Representative Todd Hunter represents Texas House District 32 covering Aransas Calhoun Nueces (Part) & San Patricio Counties. He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672.

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