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Thirteen websites for Texas veterans

Intro page for TexVet Portal Website
Intro page for TexVet Portal Website
State of Texas

Veterans here in Texas may not be familiar with the benefits provided to them by the State of Texas. Indeed, Texas may provide more benefits than any other state in the country. For example, just in 2013, 190 bills benefiting active duty personnel and veterans were introduced in the Texas legislature.

Commenting on the investment Texas has made to the people in this group, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), who chairs the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, said, “We have heard so much about mental health, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and the high number of suicides” among veterans, So we have strengthened those peer-to-peer network programs and clinical psychologists.”

Here is a list of thirteen websites that will assist Texas veterans acquire the benefits that Texas has to offer them.

1. Texas Veterans Portal

Provides information on 29 sites under seven categories: Benefits for Veterans; Benefits for Spouses & Dependents; Burial Benefits; Licenses, Plates & Parking; State of Texas Benefits; Property & Home Ownership and Military Records.

2. Texas Veterans Commission

Offers four programs to assist veterans: Claims Representation and Counseling for veterans, their dependents and survivors relating to veterans' disability benefits and rights; Veterans Employment Services; Veterans Education Program and the Texas Veterans Commission Fund which makes grants that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.

3. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Texas

Provides a listing of four types of VA offices in Texas: Veterans Health Administration; Veterans Benefits Administration; National Cemetery Administration and Veterans Affairs Central Offices.

4. Texas Workforce Commission

Provides resources, tips and tools to help those seeking employment and to assist those currently employed to find a new job.

5. Texas General Land Office

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) was formed in 1836 by the Congress of the Republic of Texas to manage land in the public domain. The history of the Texas GLO has now reached over 170 years.

Texas GLO provides information on benefits including land loans, home loans, home improvement loans and information on state veterans homes and cemeteries.

6. Military Veteran Peer Network

The Military Veteran Peer network is a service that connects Texas veterans and their families to local state and national resources through an active group of veterans peers.

"Sometimes, people need a hand in slowing the internal disquiet and conflict that combat, deployment, military sexual trauma, or other abnormal situations produce. No one is better prepared to speak with a Veteran about her experiences than another Veteran, a peer.”

Recent evidence indicates that peer support helps to heal various conditions of veterans resulting from their experiences on the battlefield and the aftermath that usually appears after they return home.

7. TexasVet

TexasVet is an “online community” whose major service is to connect veterans to resources with information they collected from federal, state, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO). They also founded a statewide peer to peer counseling network by training volunteers and using them to help veterans and their families. Their website also provides a nationwide contact listing of veteran service organizations.

8. The Hazlewood Act

The Hazlewood Act provides Texas veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. Qualifications include entering into the U.S. Armed Forces designating Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident when doing so. This benefit is for veterans who have already used up their education benefits provided by the Montgomery GI Bill.

9. Voices of Veterans

The Voices of Veterans is an oral history program that seeks to record stories of Texas veterans and archive their transcripts in the Office of Veterans Records for future researchers, historians, genealogists and the general public. “Every veteran has a story to tell, and this program will ensure these stories of courage and service can inspire Texans for generations to come.”

Veterans interested in providing their stories to the program should contact the Veterans Land Board at 1-800-252-VETS (8387), send an e-mail vlbinfo@glo.texas.gov, or go to the website to see “How It Works.”

10. Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans

There are several chapters here in Texas. Contact Don Dorsey to get information about the organization: dondorsey@sbcglobal.net.

11. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

The mission of the organization is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The mission of the Texas chapter is to provide members the support needed to reach their potential as civic leaders and models of responsible American citizenship.

12. Texas Veterans Leadership Program

The Texas Veterans Leadership Program is a Texas Workforce Commission resource and referral network connecting returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources and tools they need to lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have willingly served.

13. Military Order of the Purple Heart

This is an organization for combat wounded veterans and active duty personnel. The site is that of the national organization, but can be used to find a local chapter. For example, the site in Austin is Chapter 1919.

Veterans may be familiar with some of these sites, but are probably not familiar with all of these. It is hoped that these websites will help Texas veterans receive the benefits to which Texas has to offer.