Veteran Benefits - Category: Disability Support

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Adaptive Sports Center

The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends empower our participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy health independence and overall well being.

 

Service Area:
Colorado
Adaptive Training Foundation

Adaptive Training Foundation empowers those with physical disabilities to transform their lives through exercise and community.

 

Service Area:
Texas
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP)

NVOP currently serves veterans with employment, housing, and training services in the four general metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Forth Worth, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio.

 

Service Area:
Texas
American Legion Post 199 Eastern Shore

They are committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

 

Service Area:
Alabama
Americas VetDogs

To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence. The service dog programs of Americas VetDogs were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to United States veterans active duty service members and first responders with disabilities allowing them to once again live with pride and self reliance. Not only does a service dog provide support with daily activities it provides the motivation to tackle every day challenges.

 

Service Area:
New York
BATTLE DAWGS

To empower our Nations heroes through therapeutic and exciting experiences by harnessing the natural splendor of Alaskas landscape and the majestic healing power of sled dogs.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Blinded Veterans Association

BVA continually strives to better the lives of all who served in the Armed Forces living with sight loss through expert advocacy engaged membership clear communication and peer inspired self reliance. Our BVA family epitomizes respect honor dedication and commitment to sustain a thriving informed patriotic and connected community.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Bob Woodruff Foundation

Todays service members return with injuries that would have been fatal in earlier times. We are funding programs that heal both the physical and hidden wounds of war with a focus on long term effects of living with injury. With a quarter million service members transitioning from service annually we work tirelessly to make sure education and employment enables and enriches the next chapter of their lives. Ensuring impacted veterans and their families have access to meaningful opportunities and experiences that enhance their quality of life is at the heart of our mission. Programs we shape provide service members with senses of purpose places to live healthy family relationships and outlets for socialization.

 

Service Area:
New York
Bridges from School to Work Program

Bridges helps young adults with disabilities prepare for the workplace and find jobs with companies looking for qualified, entry-level applicants.

 

Service Area:
California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Online-Nationwide, Pennsylvania, Texas
BrothersKeepers

To provide once in a lifetime experiential retreats and ongoing support that offers profound healing and fellowship for wounded veterans, first responders, and their families.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Challenge Aspen

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and/or physical disabilities.

 

Service Area:
Colorado
Challenged Athletes Foundation

It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self esteem encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

 

Service Area:
California
Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital

Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital was founded to serve first responders, military service members and veterans who have experienced trauma in the line of duty or struggle with substance abuse.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
City of Fort Worth Veterans Programs

Healthy Homes for Heroes programs assists with modification to ensure veterans, surviving spouses, and their families will be able to remain in a healthy home. Forward Home Program helps veterans, surviving spouses, and their families by providing them with one-time rental/mortgage and utility payments to prevent homelessness.

 

Service Area:
Texas
ClearCaptions

Enables anyone with hearing loss to communicate easier with the most advanced call captioning system available.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Coalition to Salute America's Heroes

The Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITCI)

CITCI offers support services include education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, or incarceration.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
DealAid
Through DealAid charity and business partnerships, DealAid is not only able to raise money for amazing causes but also make online shoppers feel like they are making a difference with access to exclusive coupons and deals from over 4,000 renowned retailers. This process is made extremely simple via algorithm that randomly generates five different causes that users can select from and pick as their charity of choice. They do not favor big charities over small and every cause is given equal opportunity to raise funds and awareness.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Department of Veteran Affairs

To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Easterseals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

To ensure that it’s possible for veterans and military families to live their lives to the fullest in every community. We work to break down barriers, engage organizations and communities, and connect veterans and military families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Endeavors

To provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people, to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

 

Service Area:
Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Puerto Rico
FamilyOfaVet

Helps veterans and their families learn how to cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and life after combat.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Our Vision and Mission

Helping to connect the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans and their families with earned services, benefits and support are the more than 1,100 men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. They play a major role in the direct infusion of more than $18.4 billion annually for veterans into Florida’s economy through federal compensation, education and pension benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical services and military retired pay.

Florida offers unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations. We also offer high quality care at our network of seven state veterans’ homes, with two additional homes in development in Port St. Lucie and Orlando.

In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.

Florida’s Veteran Service Organizations

The Sunshine State plays host to many congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organizations. These organizations have departments, posts and chapters in Florida, and serve our state’s veterans and their families in a variety of ways. Among the more active organizations in Florida include the following.

American Gold Star Mothers
https://www.goldstarmoms.com

American Legion

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AMVETS

Home

Disabled American Veterans
http://www.davmembersportal.org/fl/

County Veterans Services Officers Association of Florida
https://www.facebook.com/CVSOAFL/

Military Officers Association of America
https://www.moaafl.org/

Military Order of the Purple Heart
https://www.purpleheartflorida.org/

Paralyzed Veterans of America
https://www.pva.org/

Veterans of Foreign Wars
https://vfwfl.org

Vietnam Veterans of America
https://www.vvafsc.org/

Benefits & Services:
Health Care
Claims
Education
Employment
Veterans’ Preference
State Approving Agency
Housing
Burial Benefits
Forms
Veteran Certified Businesses

The following sites provide additional resources for veterans and their families.

Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans
Crisis/Hotlines

National VA Homeless Hotline – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-877-424-3838
http://www.va.gov/homeless/

Veterans Crisis Line – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
www.mentalhealth.va.gov

Change Direction: Give An Hour Campaign – Know the Five Signs!
http://www.changedirection.org/give-an-hour/

Florida Veterans Support Line
1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1

The Recovery Village
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/treatment-program/online-counseling/telehealth-app/

VA Caregiver Support Line
1-855-260-3274
https://www.caregiver.va.gov

White House VA Hotline – non-emergency, VA inquiries
1-855-948-2311
https://www.va.gov/ve/whvahotline.asp

COVID 19 Vaccine Questions
Ask A VA Doc About The Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccination

Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans

GI Bill – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
https://floridavets.org/wp-content/uploads/covid-19_Factsheet.pdf

VA Public Health
www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Florida Department of Corrections
www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.html

Florida DEO Covid-19 Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide
http://floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/new-individual-faq-includes-cares-act-final.pdf?sfvrsn=5f2547b0_14

Florida Department of Health

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Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Recovery Bureau FAQ Website
https://fdemgrantsmanagement.force.com/fdemcovid

The Florida League of Cities
http://flcities.com/coronavirus-resources

SOF Missions – COVID-19 Care Kits

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If you have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 or visit their website https://www.va.gov/debtman/ to request assistance.
New VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool

A web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.
https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions
Employment & Business Services

Employ Florida Vets
https://veteran.employflorida.com/

Florida State Veterans’ Homes Recruitment
https://floridavets.org/were-looking-for-you/
https://floridavets.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Were-looking-for-you-tri-fold-brochure.pdf

Florida Veterans’ Business Assistance
www.floridasbdc.org
www.fptac.org

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
www.osd.dms.state.fl.us

Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program
https://www.floridahousing.org/

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
https://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.asp

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
https://benefits.va.gov/vow

Veterans Florida Career Services

Careers


Veterans’ Benefits

Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide
https://floridavets.org/resources/va-benefits-guide/

Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veteran Education Benefits
https://benefits.va.gov/gibill

Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Guide
https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

VA Claims Information
https://www.va.gov
https://www.ebenefits.va.gov

Florida Military-Friendly Guide
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/Florida-Military-Friendly-Guide-2021.pdf

VA Website for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp

Social Security Benefits for Veterans
https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/

VA MISSION Act
https://floridavets.org/va-implements-mission-act/
Veterans’ Resources

VA Video Connect
https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP)
www.myfloridalegal.com/MVAP

Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
(866) 486-6161
https://bals.org/veterans-legal-helpline

Financial Frontlines Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/YMM/FinancialFrontlines/

Small Business Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/YMM/smallBusiness/Default.aspx

Locate Military Records
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

National Resource Directory
https://nrd.gov/

Veterans Health Matters Magazine, Publications and Products
https://www.visn8.va.gov/VISN8/news/publications.asp

Serve Save Succeed Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/servesavesucceed/

SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
http://www.floridashine.org/

Military One Source
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Information
https://www.vetsprobono.org/

Visit Florida Travel Information for Veterans
https://www.visitflorida.com/military

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Veterans webpage
https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Veterans

VA Debt Management Center
https://www.va.gov/manage-va-debt/
Veterans’ Legal Resources

Military Pro Bono Project
https://www.militaryprobono.org/

Bay Area Legal Services
https://bals.org/

American Bar Association
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/veterans-benefits-and-services/initiatives/
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/milvets/
Women Veterans

Homeless Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/homeless/for_women_veterans.asp

VA Center for Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5549

VA Hotline on Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

Women Veterans Health Care
http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/
Other Departments and Agencies

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Servicemembers Affairs
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/practitioner-resources/servicemembers/

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employment Opportunities
www.FDACS.gov

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Operation Outdoor Freedom
www.operationoutdoorfreedom.com

Florida Defense Alliance
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/military-defense/florida-defense-alliance/

Florida Defense Support Task Force
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/military-defense/florida-defense-support-task/

Florida Department of Military Affairs
http://dma.myflorida.com/

Florida Veterans Foundation

No Florida Veteran Left Behind

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
www.va.gov

Veterans Florida

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Other

National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

MyFlorida.com
http://www.myflorida.com/

Returning Service Members
http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

Returning Service Members Mental Health Support
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/returningservicevets.asp

Veterans & Mesothelioma

Veterans and Mesothelioma

Hope for Healing Florida, mental health and substance abuse campaign
http://HopeforHealingFL.com

Florida Military License Plates
https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/personalized-specialty-license-plates/specialty-license-plates/

 

Service Area:
Florida
Freedom Hunters

Freedom Hunters is a 501c3 military outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our Freedoms. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor communitys appreciation to our troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans families of fallen heroes children of the deployed as well as those wounded or injured on outdoor adventures. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters carries on the American tradition of hunting fishing and shooting.

 

Service Area:
Colorado
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. was established for the charitable purpose of: 1) rescuing, raising, and training the highest caliber medical service/assistance dogs, 2) pairing highly trained dogs with individuals afflicted by disabilities, including a focus on veterans with combat wounds, 3) building/restoring independence and improving quality of life, for both the recipient and the dog, while minimizing reliance on government, communities, caregivers, and families 4) advancing successful service dog training practices by promoting appropriate trainer education and contributing to related research studies 5) pursuing increased public awareness and education regarding current disability laws and contributing to new/enhanced laws regarding service dogs.

 

Service Area:
Florida
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

The Hearing Loss Association of America gives members the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss. The programs and services we offer are designed to focus on you—the person with hearing loss. The program Get in the Hearing Loop is dedicated to providing and promoting community education, advocacy on behalf of people of hearing loss, and consultation services to help venues of all kinds successfully implement hearing loop technology.

 

Service Area:
Maryland, Online-Nationwide
Help Our Military Heroes
Help Our Military Heroes is dedicated to delivering adaptive minivans to our wounded, injured, and ill military heroes.

 

Service Area:
Connecticut
Homes that Heal

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, Inc., A 501c3 Non-Profit, Is An Active Duty, Casualty Assistance, Recovery, Transition And Veterans Organization That Provides Financial Support, Beyond What The Government And Veterans Affairs Can Offer, To U.S. Army Rangers And The Families Of Those Who Have Died, Have Been Disabled Or Who Are Currently Serving In Harm’s Way Around The World.

 

Service Area:
New York, Online-Nationwide
Hooves for Heroes

HOOVES FOR HEROES serves veterans and their family members through equine assisted programs including mental health counseling, physical/occupational therapy, therapeutic horsemanship/carriage driving and more.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Hope for the Warriors

Provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, education and connections to community resources.

 

Service Area:
New York, North Carolina, Online-Nationwide, Texas
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mission: We are here to serve and empower our post-9/11 veterans community.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Jacqueliine Smith Foundation

The Jacqueline Smith Foundation was created to assist individuals and families that are battling Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Homelessness, Veterans, Special Needs Children, Minorities, and Underserved Communities.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilites enhance their employability, and shows how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilites add to the workplace.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
L4 Builders, Inc.

Specializes in adaptive housing and work with our Veteran clients and the VA to secure adaptive housing grants for permanently and severely disabled Veterans.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Louisiana Relay

Hamilton Relay provides telecommunications relay services for the state of Louisiana including TTY, Voice Carry Over (VCO), Hearing Carry Over (HCO), Speech-to-Speech (STS), Visually Assisted Speech-to-Speech (VA STS), and Spanish.

Address may not be exact.

 

Service Area:
Louisiana
Midnight Sun Service Dogs (MSSD)

MSSD offers supported service dog training to individuals with disabilities.

We offer these services to qualifying veterans and first responders at no charge.

MSSD is a 100% volunteer organization.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Military Disability Made Easy

To provide all the resources needed to navigate the waters of the military disability system with as little angst as possible.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
MK9S Service Dogs

Providing highly trained service dogs tailored to meet specific veteran needs at no cost to the qualified and deserving veteran.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Library of Congress

The resources listed in this reference guide are designed to assist disabled veterans, as well as their families or other caregivers.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
NEADS Inc.

Mission: NEADS World Class Service Dogs

 

Service Area:
Massachusetts
Operation Enduring Warrior

Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Paralyzed Veterans of America 

Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for quality health care, spinal cord research, VA benefits and civil rights for veterans and all people with disabilities.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
PenFed Foundation

Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is that all service members are able to serve our nation free of financial worry and that every veteran has a strong financial future.

The mission of the PenFed Foundation for Military Heroes is to empower military service members, veterans and their communities with the skills and resources to realize financial stability and opportunity.

The Foundation’s Values
Service: Focus on the mission and giving back to those who gave for us.

Collaboration: Build unity of effort — within the Foundation, with our donors and beneficiaries, with the PenFed Credit Union, through partnerships with other veteran service organizations, and through supporting nonprofits whose work supports or supplements our programs.

Trust: Behave with integrity and in ways that build trust within the Foundation, with our beneficiaries and with our donors.

Empathy: Understand and respect the experience and perspectives of our colleagues, beneficiaries, and donors.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
PRJKT VET

PRJKT (Project) VET is a Black, Disabled Veteran-owned company, with a focus on helping veterans in their new ventures after the military. We strive to assist Veterans in making their transition from the military as smooth as possible, by giving them the tools necessary to successfully enter the job market.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Reckless Rangers

Providing free equine-assisted therapy to military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress helping them to live full and productive lives.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Red Cross - Military and Veteran Caregiver Network

The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect those providing care to service members and veterans living with wounds, illnesses, injuries and or/aging.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
SERVICE DOGS ALABAMA

Service Dogs Alabama is dedicated to providing medical and psychiatric Service Dogs to children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities and Intervention Facility Dogs for schools, youth facilities, and courtrooms.

 

Service Area:
Alabama
Shields & Stripes

OUR WHY

We believe that First Responders and Veterans are the true American heroes, and when they receive a mental injury, they should be provided the top-tier rehabilitation program to get them back on track.

OUR MISSION

Shields and Stripes provides first line defenders the opportunity to heal visible and non-visible wounds, helping those we need the most to live meaningful lives in service to our communities.

OUR VISION

Shields and Stripes are bringing Special Operations resilience experience to care for our first-line defenders. Our innovative solution treats a sub-population suffering in silence to increased levels of mental health issues. Additionally, Shields and Stripes encourages help-seeking culture change among the service members, veterans, and first responder community. Our compassion and determination decreases negative perceptions, minimizes bias and eliminates discrimination against those isolated and in pain so they don’t get left behind.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Texas Veteran Disability Info

Information on disability resources and laws in Texas.

Address may not be exact.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Texas Veterans Commission

OUR MISSION

Since 1927, the mission of the Texas Veterans Commission has been to advocate for and provide superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Texas Veterans Commission will aggressively advocate for Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.

The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through eight program areas: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Health Care Advocacy, Veterans Mental Health Program, Women Veterans Program, and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through a dedicated, professional, and well trained workforce.

The Texas Veterans Commission will connect with all veterans across the state, and tailor its service to meet their needs and the needs of their families and survivors.

The Texas Veterans Commission will take the lead in coordinating efforts between our eight programs and with federal, state, and local governmental offices and private organizations that provide services and assistance to veterans.

The Texas Veterans Commission will ensure that Texas veterans maintain the highest quality of life and well-being through its advocacy and dedication to veterans’ services.

We hold ourselves personally and professionally accountable to provide exemplary customer service to veterans, their families, and survivors through our core values.

PROFESSIONALISM

Perform your duties to the highest standard and providing excellent customer service in every program area.

INTEGRITY

Provide fair, honest and objective advocacy in an ethical manner while displaying the highest standard of conduct both on and off duty.

COMPASSION

Consistently demonstrate care, concern and understanding in every encounter with Veterans, family members and stakeholders.

COMMITMENT

Fully dedicated to develop yourself to become the best you can be in carrying out the mission of the TVC.

TEAMWORK

Working together in a positive and productive manner to accomplish the mission and goals of the agency.

The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation’s armed forces.

We are able to do this through our eight program areas:

  • Claims Representation and Counseling 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).
  • Veterans Education Program 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.
  • Veterans Employment Services 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.
  • The purpose of the Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) is to foster and promote veteran entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas.  The Texas Veterans Commission, with the help of the Governor’s office and several prominent Legislators, passed Senate Bill 1476 in 2013. This allowed for the funding of a team of experienced business consultants to be available for any veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge to the veteran.
  • Fund for Veterans’ Assistance is a program that makes grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.
  • The Health Care Advocacy Department is a team of highly-trained Texas Veteran Commission staff, strategically positioned across the state to act as liaisons for Texas veterans in addressing issues involving Veterans Administration health care related services.
  • In collaboration with the Department of State Health Services, the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Mental Health Program consists of multiple initiatives focusing on peer support, clinical mental health care access, and community collaboration.
  • The Women Veterans Program serves women veterans by helping them to obtain their benefits and services. We strive to raise awareness of women veteran contributions and services to our country and state, as well as inform and educate women veterans and their resource providers about the benefits and services to women veterans.

Through these program areas, the Texas Veterans Commission provides excellent service so that each veteran receives every benefit that they deserve. As a veteran works with our counselors, the quality of life for that veteran and their family significantly increases.

Today, Texas is leading the country by making sure each veteran is represented and cared for. The people of Texas have sent a clear message that the sacrifices made by veterans and their families are deeply appreciated, and that there is an agency that will stand by them and take care of them: the Texas Veterans Commission.

 

Service Area:
Texas
The Amputee Coalition

To reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education support and advocacy and to promote limb loss prevention.

 

Service Area:
District of Columbia
United Way of Southwest Alabama, Inc.

To improve the quality of life in the community

 

Service Area:
Alabama
VA Caregiver Support Program

SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS

As a family caregiver you play an important role in caring for the Veteran at home and in the community.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Home Care

VetAssist Program helps veterans, or their surviving spouses, apply for a little-known Department of Veterans Affairs benefit to pay for assistance with activities of daily living. They can get home care started before the VA processes the claim and before our clients receive VA funds.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Vets First
Vets First connects with thousands of veterans and active military servicemen and women annually through their call center and online help desk, Ask VetsFirst. Their staff takes the time to address each inquiry, offering guidance with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits. In addition to providing individual support and counseling services, VetsFirst offers timely and news and information across the spectrum of issues presently impacting the veterans community, including state benefits, separating from the military, as well as exclusive feature stories on military health care and VA funding and compensation.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Volunteers of America

At Volunteers of America, we are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America embodies President Lincoln’s promise to care for those “who shall have born the battle.” Currently, there are 18.2 million veterans in the United States according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 37,878 veterans experience homelessness each evening. Ninety percent of those experiencing homelessness are men, with an increasing number of women with children now experiencing homelessness.

How We Support Veterans
We proudly serve 27,000 veterans with support services and affordable housing annually, including over 10,000 homeless veterans. More than 50 percent of veterans who live in our transitional housing for six months achieve our target outcome of stable, adequate permanent housing, and half of those are still in permanent housing after 12 months.

Volunteers of America is committed to promoting the well-being of all veterans and their families, whether they are newly transitioning from military to civilian life or have long been returned but are struggling with homelessness, unemployment, mental health and substance use challenges, suicide risks, and the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and sexual trauma. Every veteran deserves dignity and respect.

Our services, from housing and employment support to mental health care, help veterans overcome the barriers that stand between them and long-term stability. Through prevention, rapid rehousing, interim housing, transitional housing, permanent housing, job training and compensated work programs, we make it possible for veterans to have a roof over their heads and the professional opportunities they deserve.

Our housing units provide case management services for veterans and families and many of our offices support outreach centers where veterans can receive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries and addictions. We ensure veterans connect to the benefits they are entitled to, and we make use of the strong bonds forged between veterans by incorporating mentoring and peer-to-peer support.

We also provide employment services that include assessment, training and placement. Compensated work programs offer a stipend while training veterans for a new career, and help is available with everything from resume preparation to job interviewing, clothing and transportation. Finding work is an important part of building back confidence and pride and sustaining independence.

Volunteers of America’s moral injury repair initiatives have increased our capacity to serve veterans in crisis and at risk of suicide. Engaging staff who are veterans and who are certified mental health specialists (via certification as Veteran Peer Support Specialists, a recognized mental health specialty), our training programs offer critical skills to strengthen veterans against the challenges they face.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Wisconsin Veteran Network

VetsNet works with more than 75 agencies throughout Wisconsin counties and beyond to bring critical services to at-risk veterans and their families. Those partner agencies are  veteran service organizations, state and federal veteran  agencies, other nonprofit  veteran and community social  service agencies.

 

Service Area:
Wisconsin