The Texas Veterans Commission is a state agency committed to ensuring all Veterans within the state of Texas receive the maximum benefits earned as a result of their service to their country. We provide superior service to veterans in the areas of claims assistance, employment services, education benefits and grants that significantly improve the quality of life of Texas Veterans and their families.
On February 24, the Texas Veterans Commission approved a $250,000 grant request from Grace After Fire(http://www.graceafterfire.org/), a non-profit organization that addresses the unique needs of women Veterans in Texas. In addition to Grace After Fire, the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance has awarded grants to Santa Maria Hostel and Green Doors which are organizations who also specifically help women Veterans.
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organizations that provide services to Texas Veterans. Over $9 million in grants have been awarded to 38 organizations over the past year.
On March 7, the Texas Veterans Commission testified before the Senate Finance Committee. T.P. O'Mahoney, Chair of the Texas Veterans Commission. and Thomas Palladino, Executive Director of the Texas Veterans Commission, represented the agency during the committee meeting. The testimony included an overview of the agency and its four programs: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Education, and the Fund for Veterans' Assistance.
The quarterly claims numbers indicate 2011 will be a very busy year for the Texas Veterans Commission's claims counselors. The Texas Veterans Commission fiscal year begins September 1, and in the first quarter of 2010, the number of service-connected claims filed by Texas Veterans Commission claims counselors was 20,721. The number of service-connected claims filed for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 is 28,028, which represents a 35% year-over-year increase.
On February 22, the Texas Veterans Commission visited Texas State University to educate student Veterans about the benefits to which they may be entitled. Bonnie Fletcher, Communications Specialist, and Terry O'Neil, Education Program Specialist, were on hand to answer any questions the Veterans had and to inform them of all the Texas Veterans Commission has to offer.
Veterans' education benefits are an investment that directly improve Veterans' lives and provide many opportunities. The benefits range from the original GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill to the Hazlewood Act, an education benefit available to Texas Veterans. No matter which benefit a Veteran decides to utilize, there are many tips and tools to maximize the education benefits. The following are six tips to guarantee all benefits are properly and effectively used: