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Helping Veterans Claim Their Medical ID Benefit

Helping Veterans Claim Their Medical ID Benefit

The effects of military service to our Veterans’ physical and physiological wellbeing can be complex. Veterans are more likely to have two or more of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Veterans are also at great risk of mental health concerns such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury. National health organizations such as The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends wearing a medical ID for chronic conditions which should be communicated promptly in an …

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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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VETCO joins Read Across Texas at the former library on Carswell AFB

VETCO joins Read Across Texas at the former library on Carswell AFB

In March, join readers from all over the state of Texas as we focus on the Veteran Experience.
Recommended Reading:
* What It’s Like to Go to War
* White Donkey
* You Know When the Men Are Gone
These books and many others are available at libraries and on OverDrive.
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March 18 –Veteran Resources at the Westworth Village Library (formerly Carswell AFB) from 10am to 12pm. *Please …

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Sen. Konni Burton updates VETCO on Hazlewood Act and other state veteran initiatives

Sen. Konni Burton updates VETCO on Hazlewood Act and other state veteran initiatives

 

Texas State Senator, Konni Burton addressing VetCo members

Texas State Senator Konni Burton, who serves on the Senate Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, provided an update at the VETCO meeting for November. The following are three initiatives being discussed for the Legislative session in January: mental health with a focus on the Strike Teams; Vet Courts in terms of their effectiveness; and Hazlewood Act in how to continue funding this benefit.   The House of Representatives would create a new bill for the Hazlewood Act, and is currently researching the following information:

“Study …

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Joint Land Use Study for military installations

Joint Land Use Study for military installations

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is collaborating with military and community leaders for Joining Forces, which is a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to identify and recommend land-use strategies to preserve a military installation’s ability to operate.

Here is a highlight of the information from the study in regard to Economic Impacts:

804,268 jobs related to 15 major military installations in Texas

$136.4B annual economic activity of 15 major military installations in Texas

47,256 people employed directly and indirectly as a result of NAS Fort Worth JRB  

Military installations contribute significantly to the regional and state …

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New Voice for “Voices of Veterans” Oral History Program

New Voice for “Voices of Veterans” Oral History Program

New Ambassador

Governor Greg Abbott, recently appointed U.S. Major James Crabtree as the new Texas ambassador to the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  The major’s mission is to increase visibility of the museum while continuing to gather stories of Texas Veterans.

Visit TexasVeteransBlog.com for the full story…

About the Program

The Voices of Veterans program records the stories of Texas men and women who served our nation to preserve their memories for future generations. Oral history interviews provide future historians with undiscovered knowledge about historical events such as battles or …

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26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation

26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation

Nominate a local veteran for the 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation!
Deadline to Nominate: Sept 14, 2015

Honorees will be recognized and interviewed for the Veterans History Project. (www.loc.gov/vets)

For more information, contact Robin Vaughan
(940) 497-5031
robin.vaughan@mail.house.gov

or visit: Burgess.House.Gov

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VETCO Welcomes New Board Members Lindsey Gribbin and Domingo Rodriguez

VETCO Welcomes New Board Members Lindsey Gribbin and Domingo Rodriguez

VETCO welcomes new Board Members Lindsey Gribbin and Domingo Rodriguez.  Their extensive work and continuous commitment to veterans especially those who have served during Iraq and Afghanistan made them emerge as great candidates.  We look forward to their energy and passion in fulfilling the mission of VETCO to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families.

Lindsey Gribbin is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Peer Specialist with the Recovery Resource Council.   She works with the counseling programs, Enduring Women and Enduring Families Veteran Services; these are free and confidential services to …

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Women Veterans – Need your help finding why 3x higher suicide rate

Women Veterans – Need your help finding why 3x higher suicide rate

New research indicates women veterans have 3x higher suicide rate than civilian women. Those who use the VA for healthcare fare better. However, the rate of women using the VA is very low.  We’d like to investigate the reason for our Texas Women Veterans.  Please take this survey – it will only take about five minutes – and share it with other women veterans.  We’ll post the results and share the overall information with leaders in Texas and at the VA.  Listen to this discussion on veterans suicide …

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Secretary of VA Robert McDonald launches Veterans Economic Communities Initiative in Dallas

Secretary of VA Robert McDonald launches Veterans Economic Communities Initiative in Dallas

Bringing together public and private organizations at the local level, the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative paves the way for Veterans and their families to find meaningful employment and education opportunities.

The initiative, launching in 25 communities across the country, will create networks of institutions and organizations that together can better serve Veterans. The goal is to improve economic outcomes for Veterans and their family members.

“President Obama challenged VA last August to help Veterans and families at the local level, help them integrate with communities. He challenged …

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