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1 Texas Veterans Commission Veteran Services Presentation Texas Corrections Association June 12,

2 Texas Veterans Commission Overview What is the Texas Veterans Commission? Veterans Programs, Benefits, and Services 2

3 Texas Veterans Commission Who We Are: State Advocacy Agency that Provides, Oversees and Coordinates Veterans Services and Benefits Who We Are NOT: NOT the Texas branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs NOT a department of another State Agency NOT a membership-based Veterans Service Organization 3

4 The World of Veteran Benefits Federal Agencies: Department of Defense (DoD) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Department of Labor (DOL) State Agencies: Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), under General Land Office (GLO) Local Agencies: Veteran County Service Officers (CSOs) Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, etc. 4

5 Agency Mission The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to veterans in the areas of Claims Representation and Counseling, Veteran Employment Services, Veteran Education Services, and Fund for Veteran Assistance grand funding that will significantly 5

6 Our Four Program Areas Claims Representation & Counseling Veterans Employment Services Veterans Education Benefits Fund for Veterans Assistance 6

7 Other Program Areas that Connect Veterans to Services Veteran Outreach Women Veterans Coordinator Veterans Entrepreneur Coordinator 7

8 Claims Representation & Counseling 8

9 Claims Representation & Counseling Assists Veterans with Filing Service- Connected Compensation Claims Represents Veterans with VA Appeals Helps Family Members with Survivor Benefits Assists with Filing Non-Service Connected Pension Claims for Veterans and Surviving Spouses 9

10 Claims Representation & Counseling 108 Staff; 36 offices in 29 cities All Counselors are Veterans Offices Located Primarily in VA Medical Facilities Throughout the State 10

11 The Benefits of Representation Texas Veterans Receive More Than $2.2 billion in Compensation and Pension due to Representation by TVC A Veteran Receives About $6,200 More Each Year when Represented by TVC 179,981 benefit cases handled by TVC counselors and staff on behalf of veterans and dependants, 125,179 monetary claims, and 11

12 Women Veterans Coordinator 12

13 Women Veterans Coordinator, Mission Execute a Women Veterans Program that informs Women Veterans of their benefits, provides comprehensive services via TVC and TVC Partners, and fulfills the needs of Women Veterans throughout Texas. 13

14 Why Does Texas Need a Women Veterans Program? Women currently comprise approximately 15% of the U.S. Military (Active Duty, Reserves, & National Guard) Approximately 8.5% of the total 14 * The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) VtPop Model 2007 (forecasts from Min YOY Growth Rate 0.22% and Max YOY 1.09%)

15 Some Challenges Women Veteran Face Gender Specific Care (Medical, Housing, Counseling) Mental Care (MST, Depression, PTSD, Unemployment, Single- Parenting, Family Violence) Caregiver Support (Childcare, Adult Daycare) TVC Women Veterans Program Goals Coordinate support for Women Veterans in Texas with Government and Non-Government Programs and Agencies Advocate Services for Women Veterans Raise Awareness of Veteran Benefits and Services to Women Veterans Increase Support for Women Veterans Throughout Texas and the 15 U.S.

16 Employment Services

17 Employment Challenges What are some employment challenges? Translating military skills and experience into the civilian job market. Military daily life compared to civilian daily life. Educating employers on reasons why hiring veterans is good for business. Identifying employer wants and needs (skills, experience, education) Follow-up with Veteran clients

18 Veteran Employment Needs/Assistance Assist in translating military skills to civilian jobs Résumé assistance to help with today s job market Job interviewing techniques Job searching techniques Career guidance Locating training assistance Connect employers with Veterans 18

19 Veteran Employment Representatives Region 1 = 39 Region 2 = 28 Region 3 = 43 Region 4 = 36 Region 5 = 22 *All Veteran Employment Representatives are veterans, 168 Veterans helping Veterans 19

20 Employment Success Last fiscal year an average of 221 Veterans entered employment for every Veteran Employment Representative. Texas accounts for 18% of the nation s Veterans entering employment. Texas receives 7% of the nation s federal funding for Veteran Employment Services. During the last fiscal year, 38,714 veterans found work with assistance provided by VES staff. 20

21 DVOP Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists Provide intensive employment assistance to eligible veterans who have special employment and training needs, in order to assist them overcome barriers that prevent them from obtaining meaningful employment. Use a case management approach and access a broad network of providers and resources to assist eligible veterans to achieve their employment goals. 21

22 LVER Local Veterans' Employment Representatives Develop hiring opportunities within the local workforce by promoting the benefits of hiring eligible Veterans. They directly contact businesses, Federal agencies and contractors and employer associations to encourage the hiring and advancement of qualified eligible veterans. Provide direct employment related services to eligible veterans with an emphasis on recently separated veterans. 22

23 VES Programs Veteran Business Representatives (VBR) The VBR program was developed in July 2011 by enhancing the individual job duties of four VER staff to focus on business outreach activities. After two months of training and strategic planning, the VBRs began to outreach business and promote the hiring of veterans in September Locations; San Antonio, Round Rock, Dallas/Ft Worth and Houston VBRs work with local development boards, the TWC, DOL- VETS and all partners to ensure businesses are educated on the benefits of hiring veterans. 23

24 VES Programs The Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines) REALifelines is a comprehensive program to provide individualized job training, counseling and re-employment services to seriously injured or wounded veteran. Locations include: Ft. Bliss, Ft. Hood and Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VERs receive referrals from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment counselors to deliver vocational rehabilitation, counseling services and employment guidance to veterans. 24

25 VES Programs Family Employment Assistance Counselors (FEAC) This is the only state funded program in VES. FEACs support and assist caretakers and family members of Wounded Warriors and veterans as well as spouses of active duty military personnel. FEAC personnel provide the same employment services to spouses and family members provided to veterans. FEAC personnel are located in San Antonio (BAMC) and Killeen (Fort Hood). 25

26 Education Services 26

27 Education Services Federal Education Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (G.I. Bill) Purpose Texas Veterans Commission Role Approval Oversight Consumer Protection Complaint Resolution 27

28 Texas Program for Veterans (Hazlewood) Hazlewood Act Exemption 150 Semester Hours of Free Tuition and Fees at State Funded Schools Hazlewood Legacy Program Allows Veterans to Pass on Unused Hours to Their Children TVC Provides Information Regarding This Program to Veterans and School Officials 28

29 NEW!! Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program 29

30 Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program The purpose of the Texas Veteran Entrepreneur Program: 1. Promote Veteran Business Ownership 2. Connect Veterans with the Resources Required for the Successful Launch, Ongoing Operation and Growth of their Business 3. Provide Guidance and Training in the Areas of : Business Plan Concept Assessment, and Development Financial Guidance Management Assistance Marketing Assistance Mentorship Opportunities

31 Fund for Veterans Assistance 31

32 Funding 1. Veterans Cash Lottery Scratch-off ticket. 2. Vehicle Registration 3. On-Line Direct Donation 4. State Employees Charitable Campaign 5. Housing4TexasHeroes

33 Fund For Veterans Assistance Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance Created in 2005 to Provide Aid to Veterans and Their Families in Need 81st Legislature Passed Legislation to create a Lottery Scratch-off Game to Provide Revenue for the Fund Additional Support Provided Through Donations from Individuals and Organizations 33

34 Fund For Veterans Assistance Purpose The Fund for Veterans Assistance (FVA) program awards reimbursement grants in two categories: FVA General Assistance Grants and Housing4TexasHeroes. Both categories offer funding to non-profit and local government organizations to provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. Performance The FVA program has $15.1 million in active grants to more than 50 organizations around the state. In FY2011, grantees served 67,500 Veterans, dependents and surviving spouses. 34

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