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State of Texas 85th Legislative Session: Texas Veterans Commission Budget (Update-No change to Hazlewood Legacy)

State of Texas 85th Legislative Session: Texas Veterans Commission Budget (Update-No change to Hazlewood Legacy)

This is the proposed budget by the Texas Veterans Commission for the 85th Legislative Session.  The main issues in the budget are a reduction to the strike teams that work on VA Claims; and changes to administration and distribution of funds with the Hazlewood Act.   The Legacy Program, under the Hazlewood Act, which supports the children of Texas veterans; is the target for decreasing the cost of this education benefit. (Update: There will be no change to the Hazlewood Legacy Program.)

There are great community organizations as the …

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I am a Veteran

I am a Veteran

The Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VetCo) is open to all veterans who have served in the military. When you get deployed, it changes you. Making the change from active duty to veteran status can be challenging. Family and friends may have a difficult time understanding that the same person they knew, is not that same person any more. It can make it challenging for them to be supportive because they are trying to get to know this new person as well.

Our goal is to …

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Supporting and Developing a Veteran Owned Business in Fort Worth

Supporting and Developing a Veteran Owned Business in Fort Worth

Support Veterans Owned Businesses

Did you know that Veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than nonveterans, according to the Small Businesses Administration (Entrepreneur.com)?

In fact, nationwide, veterans own over 2 million businesses, generating a trillion dollars in revenue and employing millions of people. This comes as no surprise to us, since veterans are some of the hardest working, confident, self motivated, determined, and teamwork oriented folks we know!

The Department of Veterans Affairs now allows federal education benefits as the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill to …

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans

PTSD Study

The Hart Lab at the Center for BrainHealth is developing unique treatments specifically designed to meet the needs of OEF / OIF veterans. Research indicates that combining Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with a non-invasive, targeted brain stimulation device, High Definition-Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS), may enhance recovery from PTSD symptoms: we’re investigating the overall benefits of this paired treatment.

Benefits of Participating

12 weekly sessions of completely confidential, no-cost sessions
Clinically proven therapy, psychotherapy and brain stimulation therapy
Non-drug, non-invasive treatments with no sexual side effects
Opportunity to assist …

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Gratitude Initiative (GI) provides free college & career counseling

Gratitude Initiative (GI) provides free college & career counseling

College Counseling & SAT Prep

Don’t Miss this INCREDIBLE educational opportunity for the children of military families in grades 8-11.

Gratitude Initiative (GI) provides free college & career counseling, PSAT, ACT & SAT prep, and tutoring to military and veteran kids anywhere in the world.  The programs are delivered online, but backed up by a team of counselors that families can talk, email, or chat with whenever they want.

Upon graduation from high school, GI kids will also be eligible for scholarship assistance.  Additional information is on the attached …

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Christmas Toys for Veteran Families

Christmas Toys for Veteran Families

Holiday Resources for Veterans & Families

Need a little help making the holidays special this year? Here are some amazing organizations in the Fort Worth and Haltom City that are helping veteran families have a great holiday, along with some inexpensive holiday activities around the Tarrant County area.

Christmas Toys for
Veteran Families
 
Cowboy Santa

Qualifications: 

Have children between birth and 12 years of age
Live in Tarrant County on a limited income.
Register for Cowboy Santa Here >>

DFW Metroplex Toys For Tots

Connect with organizations in Fort Worth who are giving out
Toys for …

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Veterans Free Lynda.com Membership

Veterans Free Lynda.com Membership

LinkedIn offers veterans
free one-year Lynda.com
membership!

LinkedIn is offering U.S. service members and Veterans one year of free access to Lynda.com’s comprehensive collection of on demand courses teaching business, creative and technical skills.

A great way to round out your skill set is to take a few classes. Try out a free Lynda.com membership for a whole year!

Special Edition Lynda.com Offer >>

Fort Worth Job Search Resources >>
How to Update your LinkedIn Profile >>

 

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Thanksgiving Day Meals for Veterans

Thanksgiving Day Meals for Veterans

Fort Worth Food Banks

Little things make you thankful. So many blessings we take for granted. Having food on the table Thanksgiving day or any day is not a guarantee for some.

The holidays are the perfect time to reach out and say thank you to those who have served our country. Whether you are looking for help or wanting to share the bounty of your own table, here are some organizations in Arlington, Fort Worth, and around DFW serving veterans and their families, who can help you …

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Volunteers Needed – Cowtown Stand Down Event

Volunteers Needed – Cowtown Stand Down Event

7th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down

Stand Downs provide supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

If you would like to reserve a table or volunteer, please contact me by email  ShannaB.Ruppert@va.gov , no later than …

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Say “Thank You” by Hosting a Hero

Say “Thank You” by Hosting a Hero

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

This year for the first time we are including our fans to help say “Thank You” to our armed forces members by Hosting a Hero. When you attend the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, for an additional $15 you can purchase a ticket  that will sponsor a past or present armed forces member to attend the game free of charge. It’s that easy, you buy the ticket and they get to enjoy the day.

Our goal is to distribute over 10,000 complimentary …

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