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The Mission of ‘VetCo’ – Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County – is to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families.

Our goals are to facilitate access to education, employment and life needs by:

  • Identifying existing services and gaps in service
  • Improving communication and collaboration among member organizations
  • Facilitating new programs among member organizations to address gaps in service
  • Serving as an advocate on issues that impact member organizations

The current veteran population of 22 million in the United States is expected to rise to 23 million over the next 5 years as our service members return from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Many of these veterans and their families will come home to Tarrant County.  There will be veterans who have difficulty making the adjustment back into civilian life.  Our community is strengthened by their service, and fighting to keep our freedom.  It will be stronger still as we welcome these brave men and women home, recognize their sacrifice and honor them by providing the support system in this transition.

Members of the Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County are community leaders, volunteers, service organizations, business owners and local corporations interested in working together with veterans to facilitate access to education, employment and life needs.

Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County - VetCo Mission & Commitment to local veterans in Fort Worth

VetCo Management Team

Executive Management:

Randy McGuffee

Director of VetCo, Attorney

Executive Board:

Melissa Rankin

Secretary, VetCo, Program Manager, Catholic Charities

Pete Fitch

Treasurer, VetCo, Program Coordinator Veterans Upward Bound, University of Texas at Arlington

Clarence Moore

President, VetCo, Army Veteran, Vietnam War

Tim Lindsey

Vice President, VetCo, Past State Commander, Disabled American Veterans, Department of Texas

General Board: 

Antonio ‘Tony’ Morales

National Board of Directors, American GI Forum

Dennis Luellen

Community Advocate

Domingo Rodriguez

Assistant Coordinator, Military Veteran Peer Network

Dr. Edmund Prater

Associate Director, UTA Health Education & Research Center (HERC)

Joshua Holm

Founder, Steel Hope

Neil Strassman

Outreach Coordinator, Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley

Dr. Rita Brock

Director of The Soul Repair Center, Morale Injury, TCU Brite Divinity School

Ron Sivernell

Former Post Commander, Jewish War Veterans Post 755

Ryan Kelly

Program Coordinator, Veterans Learning Community, Tarrant County College NW Campus

Thomas Belton

Director, Tarrant County Veteran Services

Vince Leone

Founder, Vet Starts


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