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The Voice of Texas Veterans

The Voice of Texas Veterans

By Texas Veterans Commission
This podcast highlights services of the Texas Veterans Commission, which assists veterans in obtaining all the state and federal benefits they have earned.
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The Voice of Texas Veterans

Specially Adapted Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans
There are three different Specially Adapted Housing Grants that can help a disabled veteran gain independence and confidence.  Jason Latona, Chief of Policy for the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing Program,  explains what those grants are, who is eligible and how to apply.  Click here for a TVC Claims Advisor who can file for the Disability Housing Grants.      Learn more from the VA here.
July 22, 2022
VA Pensions for Veterans and Survivors Can Make a Difference
VA pensions provide monthly payments to qualified veterans, surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children. Recipients must meet eligibility requirements and certain income limits set by Congress. Listen to find out if you qualify, and set up an appointment here with a TVC Claims Benefits Advisor ,( ), who can help you file and provide more information.  Read all about it here:
July 18, 2022
Did You Serve? Saying Yes Can Open up a World of Support.
Texas Veterans Commission is trying to make it easier for veterans to connect with their communities and veteran services.  The Veterans Mental Health Department is working on two campaigns now. The 'Faith and Allegiance Initiative' and the 'Did you Serve?' Campaign. Listen as John Wilson our Community and Faith Based Coordinator explains how it all works. Click here for the Veterans Mental Health Department. 
July 07, 2022
Is a VA Home Loan Right for You?
The Executive Director of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program talks to us about VA Home Loans, and how veterans and active duty service members can use the program. This info could be your ticket to a new home!! Get VA home loan information here. Get Texas Veterans Land Board information here.
June 29, 2022
How The Hazlewood Act Makes Tuition Fees Disappear!
On this show we discuss the Hazlewood Act, a unique Texas benefit for qualified Texas Veterans that can mean 150 hours of tuition exemption  at a Public Texas College or University! Dependent children and a spouse could qualify too!  This is too good to miss! So listen!  Get more Hazlewood info here.
June 23, 2022
AVAFEST 2022 is Coming this Fall!
Calling all artists who happen to be veterans or family members. The Austin Veteran Arts Festival wants to showcase your talent!  Have you been healing through art?  Do you paint, sing, dance? Are you a comedian? Is music helping you heal? What ever medium you choose we want to see it. AVAFEST is happening in Austin, October 12 - November 12, 2022. You don't have to live in Austin to submit your work. Exhibits will be in person, and virtual. We talked with Glenn Towrey, founder of AVAFEST, he explained what it is and how artists and spectators can participate. You can get more info here about submitting your work and what deadlines apply.
June 16, 2022
Texas Women Veterans Day 2022
Happy Women Veterans Day! TVC Chairwoman and Navy veteran, Laura Koerner has a few words to share, plus meet the veterans behind the Women Veterans Program here at Texas Veterans Commission. Visit the website to find out what TVC can do for you and make sure your veteran friends know all about us. Remember all our services are free!
June 08, 2022
PTSD Awareness Month
This month, our Veterans Mental Health Department is taking part in PTSD awareness month, helping veterans and their families understand the signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and what treatments area available. Listen In. Take the PTSD Self Screen Questionnaire here. 
June 03, 2022
VA Adaptive Housing Grants
The VA offers adaptive housing grants for veterans and service members with certain service-connected disabilities so they can buy or change a home to meet their needs. This program has info on how the grant program works and what vets need to do to apply. Click here for the VA link. Texas Veterans Commission  Claims Benefits Advisors can also help. Click here to make a TVC Claims Appointment.  
May 18, 2022
Memorial Day 2022
Memorial Day, first know as Decoration Day, was established to honor soldiers of the civil war. Now we pay tribute to all American military members who died while serving their country. Texas Veterans Commission is also a friend to survivors, helping them access the state and federal benefits they are entitled to. We talk with two claims advisors about survivors they have helped.  Make a claims appointment today for you or someone you know.
May 18, 2022
Respite Care for Family Caregivers
Family members who care for wounded warriors and ill veterans can really use the gift of time. Time for themselves. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes Program offers Free Help for Family Caregivers. Listen to learn more. Apply for Free Respite Care Here.               
May 11, 2022
Join Us for the 2022 Women Veterans Day 5K
Women Veterans Day is almost here! June 12 is the day. Women Veterans around the state have celebrations planned in their various communities. Everyone is invited to join Texas Veterans Commission at Camp Mabry in Austin on Saturday, June 4th for a Women's Veterans Day 5K. Walk, Run, Jog, Skip or Stroll. Bring the kids, the spouse, the friends and neighbors. Everyone is welcome! June 4th from 8:30-11:30 Register Here.  
May 08, 2022
Military Spouses, a Fellowship Just for You!
As we celebrate military spouses on May 6-8, let's not forget the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Fellowship Program, helping spouses find new careers after that military move. Listen to find out how it works and how to apply. We also talk with TVC Family Career Advisor Dee Stewart who works to connect employers with spouses and dependents. Learn more about Texas Veterans Commission Employment Services Here
May 01, 2022
Texas Veterans Commission Wants to Help You!
Texas Veterans Commission is the state agency tasked with helping veterans, family members, and survivors access all the state and federal benefits earned. Visit the Website, fill out the contact form and we'll talk. You may be surprised to find out what TVC can do for you! Just listen and then tell all your veteran friends about us, better yet share the podcast!
April 23, 2022
MVPN Gaming Can Be Therapeutic
The Texas Veterans Commission Military Veteran Peer Network is composed of Peer Service Coordinators across the state.  These coordinators are always looking for new ways to connect veterans and their families with the resources they need. In Abilene, Peer Service Coordinator Ann McKee came up with a way to support younger veterans diagnosed with PTSD. It's called MVPN Gaming. Listen in as Ann explains how her idea became reality. Click here to join MPVN Gaming.
April 03, 2022
Sexual Assault Awareness Month - April 2022: Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Speak Out
Warning: this program contains narratives of Sexual Assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our Women Veterans Program talks with a panel of Military Sexual Trauma Survivors about their ongoing journey to healing. We also talked with Providers who offer support, and counseling. We have compiled a list of the featured providers. a) The Samaritan Center: Contact Mental Health and Wellness Counseling Services | Texas ( b) The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors, San Antonio: c) The Circle of Arms; d) The Pink Berets e) Divas in Dog Tags: f) VA Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, 24/7 g) If you are a civilian call: 1-800-656-HOPE/4673. Click here to make a claims appointment
April 01, 2022
Vietnam War Veterans Day is March 29, 2022
Spend time with the Vietnam veterans in your life on Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29.  As Veterans get older, they may develop illnesses connected with military service from decades ago. Ailing Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange may qualify for disability compensation. Listen to learn more about that, from Houston VA Executive Director Robert Worley, then Claims Benefits Advisor Robert Macias has tips on filing a disability claim. We also talk with TVC commissioner and Vietnam veteran Mike Hernandez. Make a Claims Appointment Here.
March 25, 2022
What Did They Talk About At The VA Tele Townhall?
Robert Worley, Executive Director of the VA Houston Regional Office, recaps the highpoints of the latest VA Tele Townhall.  Topics include new presumptive conditions related to Agent Orange and Burn Pit exposure and what vets should do about filing a claim, especially if they were previously denied.  And we learn what the VA is doing to decrease the time it takes to process claims. Texas Veterans Commission can file your disability claim for you! Make an appointment here. 
March 17, 2022
Women's History Month is Here! Women Veterans, Share Your Story!
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Texas women veterans you are invited to add your military history to the Military Women’s Memorial. Listen to learn how to do that and stick around to meet the coordinators behind the Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program. You are bound to learn a lot. Visit the Military Women’s Memorial here. Visit Texas Veterans Commission here. 
March 13, 2022
New Law for DV Plates and Disabled Parking: How Not to Get a Ticket
A new Texas law is affecting motorists with Texas Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates. You now need to display the ISA symbol to use parking spots marked for the disabled. What is that? You may ask. We talked with a representative of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles about the new law, he explains what disabled vets need to do, to use disabled parking spaces without getting a ticket. Get the DMV forms and information here. 
February 23, 2022
The Texas Veterans Commission Health Care Advocacy Department Has Grown
The Health Care Advocacy Department at Texas Veterans Commission has recently expanded its team of advocates to 24. Our Advocates are  located in VA facilities across the state. Listen in as some of our advocates talk about what they do and how they can help you. Find your Advocate Here
February 11, 2022
American Legion Career Fair March 2022
The 2022 season of Job Fairs has begun. Get ready for the Free American Legion Career Fair on March 9th with Free Prep workshops, for job seekers and employers.  Listen in for a preview.  Follow the links to register.  Job Fair Registration. Feb 16 Employer Workshop. Feb 17 Job Seeker Workshop. March 3 Job Seeker Workshop. 
February 11, 2022
Be Kind to Your Heart
February is American Heart Month. The Women Veterans Program urges you to take time to learn about the risk factors for heart disease and learn what you can do to keep your heart healthy and strong. American Heart Association Info. Texas Veterans Commission:
January 24, 2022
Free Boots to Business Reboot Jan 25, 2022, and financial assistance from the Texas VFW Foundation and Endeavors.
The Boots to Business Reboot is free for entrepreneurs who are military related. Register by Jan 24, right here. The Texas VFW Foundation visits the Women Veterans Program monthly meeting to talk about financial assistance for veterans, while the non profit Endeavors explains their mission to help veterans and their families. Find out what Texas Veterans Commission can do for you! Visit the website! Our services are FREE!
January 18, 2022
Free Virtual Boots to Business Reboot Jan. 25 2022
Veterans, transitioning servicemembers, National Guard, Reserve and spouses too, are invited to get the facts about owning a business.  Join the Small Business Administration and the Entrepreneur Center of Austin on January 25, 2022, for a one day Free Virtual Boots to Business Reboot. It's an 8-5 class so set aside that day to get valuable information before you take the plunge. Register Here by January 24. For more info on the Texas Veterans Commission Entrepreneur Program Go to our Website:  
January 17, 2022
Taps for Tuition
'Taps for Tuition' is a state program that allows student bugle, cornet, and trumpet players to sound Taps at veteran funerals and earn vouchers to help pay tuition or fees at a Texas public college or university. Listen in to find out how 'Taps for Tuition' works. Click here for the details. 
January 13, 2022
Texas Veterans Commission Continues the Mission in 2022
We hope 2022 means great things for all of us. Texas Veterans Commission is looking forward to helping veterans and their families access the benefits they have earned. Listen to find out what we do and how to get in touch with us. Share with your friends. Tell the veterans you know all about our free services.  The website will also explain it all.
January 03, 2022
Claims Benefits Advisor Robert Macias Offers Great Advice About Filing VA Disability Claims!
This episode features Claims Benefits Advisor Robert Macias who explains what vets need to know about filing successful claims. Texas Veterans Commission has certified advisors who will file disability claims for FREE! Click here to make an Appointment. 
December 19, 2021
Help for Caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the VA
Caring for ill and wounded veterans often falls on the shoulders of unprepared family members. The VA offers training, support and pay for family caregivers while the Elizabeth Dole Foundation offers Free respite care through their Hidden Heroes Program. Listen to find out more and how to apply. Find Hidden Heroes Here.   Find VA Caregiver Support Here.
December 12, 2021
Free Respite Care for Military and Veteran Caregivers from Hidden Heroes
If you are a military or veteran caregiver, you may be eligible to receive free respite care services. Listen in for information about the Hidden Heroes Program, who is eligible and how to apply.   Apply today for no-cost respite care services from CareLinx, through the Hidden Heroes program of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.  Apply Here
December 03, 2021
TX 23 Veterans Outreach and Engagement is Coming to West Texas
Veterans in the rural areas of Texas District 23, get ready for a visit from Texas Veterans Commission and other agencies that will help you file claims and access your hard earned benefits. Invited by US Representative Tony Gonzales, the two outreach events will take place in two areas: December 6 & 7 at Ft Stockton’s Rooney Park on Spring St. in the large county event room and December 9 & 10 at the Horizon City, American Legion Post 598, 141 Ellsworth Dr.  Both events will be from 9 am to 4 pm. Listen for all the details. 
November 21, 2021
Soldiers' Angels has the Holiday Spirit, Already!
Soldiers' Angels is on a mission, "To provide aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families".  The non profit welcomes the public's support in spreading joy! You are invited to join the quest to make some Holiday wishes come true. Click here to find out more.
November 13, 2021
Happy Veterans Day! Texas Veterans Commission is all about Veterans Helping Veterans!
On November 11, the nation celebrates Veterans, at Texas Veterans Commission we do that everyday. We also have partners, like Veteran County Service Officers who's passion is helping veterans and their families. Find out about all our free services right here.
November 08, 2021
The Virtual Veterans Experience Action Center is Ready for South Texas Veterans
VA is hosting a free virtual event in South Texas for all veterans, service members, caregivers, and survivors. Register for 1-on-1 personalized assistance for: VA Benefits, VA Healthcare, Crisis Resources, Community Services and more. Register here. Select your day and time. The event takes place November 16-18 from 10 am to 3 pm. Hurry, appointments are limited. 
October 30, 2021
Hiring Red White and You! 2021 Happens Nov 4 - Get Ready for It!
The yearly statewide Hiring Red White and You! Job Fairs for active duty, transitioning service members, veterans and spouses happen November 4th. Listen in and learn how to find the job fair near you and how to register for workshops to help you get ready. Find all the job fair locations here. Workshops can be found on the Texas Veterans Commission events calendar here.
October 17, 2021
Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantees: NPower and Easter Seals Houston
Now is the time to apply for a 2022-2023 Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grant. Applications must be in by Nov 3, 2021. Apply Here. We have two grantees on this program, NPower talks about FREE technology training for Veterans and Spouses. While Easter Seals Houston, discusses their Mental Health Grant which includes service dog training. Check out all this year's grantees right here. 
October 11, 2021
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2021
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you'll see men and women wearing pink everywhere, as a reminder that regular screenings and early detection are keys to fighting breast cancer. Join Texas Veterans Commission as we talk with two breast cancer survivors, learn about a Grunt Style cancer survivor retreat and talk with a VA Women Veterans program manager about VA medical services for women veterans.  Get more info about those VA services here.
October 04, 2021
Community Help from Veterans Mental Health, Meet a Veteran County Service Officer and Saving New Veteran Business Owners Money
This show explains how the Veterans Mental Health Department works with community partners. We meet Felix Rodriguez, Veteran County Service Officer, and veteran business owners who start up in 2022 can save money on certain fees for a five year period. For information on Texas Veterans Commission services, Go Here.  Fill out the contact form link at the top of the page and tell us what you need. Veteran County Service offices are here. The Entrepreneur program is here.
October 03, 2021
How Do Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantees Use Their Grants?
Texas Veterans Commission is now taking applications for next season's Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grants. Veteran serving nonprofits start working on those applications now by going here. Applications are due Nov. 3, 2021. How much do you need? What would you do with the money? Listen in for some pointers from current grantees. 
September 26, 2021
Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantee: Skillpoint Alliance
Now is the time for veteran serving nonprofits and local governments to apply for a Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grant. Thanks to the Texas Lottery we give away millions in grants every year to organizations serving veterans and their families. Applications must be in by Nov. 3, 2021.  Get applications and information right here. On this show we'll introduce you to Skillpoint Alliance, one of this year's General Assistance grantees, listen and learn about the free skills training they offer veterans. 
September 21, 2021
The Hybrid Career Fair, a Break for New Veteran Entrepreneurs and it's Time to Apply for an FVA Grant
Sept 22, the American Legion Hybrid Career Fair is finally happening, you have one more chance to get in on a Virtual Prep Workshop, Register here for the Sept. 21st class. New Veteran Entrepreneurs can soon get a break on the business formation tax and certain filing fees. Contact a Business Consultant here.  And it is now time for veteran serving non profits to apply for next year's Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grants. All that info on one show!!!!!
September 19, 2021
Virtual Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Town Hall September 17, 2021
There is still time to sign up to attend this very important Veteran Virtual Suicide Awareness and Prevention Townhall. It is open to everyone. Veterans, family members, friends of veterans and the community in general are encouraged to attend. Register right here!
September 16, 2021
Suicide Prevention is Everybody's Business, a Virtual Townhall is Coming Your Way. Plus Register for the American Legion Hybrid Career Fair.
Texas Veterans Commission is taking part in a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Townhall on September 17. Listen in for a preview of information that can benefit everyone.  Register here for the 10 am - 11:30 am event. Plus registration continues for the American Legion Hybrid Career Fair.  Register here. An extra virtual preparation workshop has been added on September 21 from 10 am - Noon.. Register here.
September 12, 2021
Operation H.O.P.E. Resilient Warrior 22K & Virtual Veteran Suicide Awareness Townhall
Military and veteran communities across Texas are invited to take part in a virtual 22K and Suicide Awareness Townhall. The 22K continues thru September 14. The Townhall will be held on September 17, 2021. Listen in to find out how you can participate and learn what Texas Veterans Commission's Mental Health Department is doing for veterans and their families.  22K and Townhall Signup information is here.
August 30, 2021
American Legion Hybrid Career Fair 2021
The American Legion, Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Workforce Solutions, have you covered with an in person/virtual career fair on September 22, 2021. We call it a HYBRID! Drive into Austin or join online.  You choose. Click here to register. And listen in for Career Fair info, including invites to workshops to help you get ready! Register for the Workshops Here.
August 27, 2021
Filing A VA Disability Claim: What You Need To Know
Filing Disability Claims and Appeals are two of the most important things Texas Veterans Commission does for veterans. Our Claims Advisors are accredited by the VA, and they know what information is needed to communicate the veteran’s situation efficiently and effectively. Listen in as William Chick, our Claims Inquiry Coordinator explains the process.  Make a virtual claims appointment here.
August 19, 2021
Honors Bestowed Upon Two Texas Veterans Commission Employment Standouts
The American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans really appreciate the work Texas Veterans Commission does, getting vets job ready and helping employers hire the veterans they need. Listen in as award winning Veteran Employer Liaison Lee Ware talks about his passion connecting veterans with employers, while Veteran Career Advisor and Coach Trey Hubbard discusses how he never gives up when it comes to helping vets find civilian careers. Veterans and Employers, connect with TVC Employment here. 
August 07, 2021
ETS (Expiration of Term of Service) Sponsorship Program
No matter where you are, or where you plan to go after leaving the military the ETS Sponsorship program is there to make that transition easier. Veterans and civilians alike are volunteering all over the country to help guide military families in their new communities. Listen to find out how servicemembers and sponsors join the program. 
July 30, 2021
Meet TVC Chairwoman Laura Koerner
Today we wrap up our 'Meet the Commissioner' series with a chat with Laura Koerner, Chairwoman of the Texas Veterans Commission. Previously we talked with Vice Chairman Kevin Barber, Commissioner Kimberlee Shaneyfelt, Secretary and Commissioners Mary Lopez Dale and Mike Hernandez. Appointed by the Texas Governor, these five people are dedicated to helping Texas veterans, their families and survivors. All of our commissioners are veterans, with most joining the military, right out of high school. Laura Koerner chose the Navy route. 
July 21, 2021
Meet TVC Commissioner Kevin Barber
We have 5 Commissioners at Texas Veterans Commission.  We are introducing them to you one show at a time.  We already heard from Commissioners Kimberlee Shaneyfelt, Mary Lopez Dale and Mike Hernandez. Our next program will feature Chairwoman Laura Koerner, but today we're going to hear from the longest serving Commissioner at this time, Vice Chairman Kevin Barber. The Army Veteran was appointed by the Governor in 2017. No matter where he is Commissioner Barber likes to make sure Texas Veterans know about TVC and all the services we provide. 
July 14, 2021
Meet TVC Commissioner Kimberlee Shaneyfelt
This is the third episode in the "Meet your TVC Commissioner" series. This episode features Air Force Veteran, Commissioner Kimberlee Shaneyfelt. She talks about her military service, the dedication of Texas Veterans Commission personnel and how helpful TVC was during her transition. Visit the website to find out what TVC can do for you!
July 07, 2021
Meet TVC Commissioner Mary Lopez Dale
There are Five Commissioners on the Board of Texas Veterans Commission. All were appointed by the governor, and all are veterans. You are going to meet every one of them. Laura Koerner is Chairwoman, Kevin Barber is Vice Chair, Kimberlee Shaneyfelt, Secretary, and the two newest members who were appointed in 2020, Vietnam veteran Mike Hernandez and Army veteran Mary Lopez Dale. You'll meet each commissioner on their very own show, and you can always scroll the list to find the ones you missed. You already met Mike Hernandez, on this show you'll meet Commissioner Mary Dale.
June 24, 2021
VA Specially Adapted Housing Grants and Car Allowance
A service connected disability may qualify a veteran for a VA Disability Housing Grant. On this program we'll learn about the different grants, plus get info on the car allowance which pays for a disabled veteran's specially equipped vehicle.  
June 18, 2021
Mentorships, Fellowships and Family Career Advisors Provide Employment Help For Veterans, Service Members And Their Families
Coming up on up June 29, 2021 from noon to one, a virtual introduction to the American Corporate Partners free mentoring program. Listen to learn about that plus Military Spouse Fellowships and how Texas Veterans Commission's Family Career Advisors match spouses and dependents with job opportunities.  Click Here to Register
June 13, 2021
Women Veterans Day Virtual Networking Event 2021
Women Veterans Day 2021 will be a virtual event for Texas Veterans Commission. Women veterans can connect, and network with other vets and community resources across the state. Listen to find out what will be happening on June 11, from 10 - noon, and meet the Texas Veterans Commission Women Veteran Coordinators. Register for the virtual event here. Get info on the Women Veterans Program here.
May 31, 2021
Memorial Day 2021 and Purple Heart Recipient - TVC Commissioner Mike Hernandez
Monday May 31, a reminder of what Memorial Day is all about, and we'll introduce you to TVC Commissioner , Mike Hernandez, Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient. 
May 27, 2021
The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act
The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019  extended the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. If that exposure led to any of the 14 VA approved service connected illnesses, these veterans are entitled to benefits.  The VA has already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to some of those veterans. We talked with the VA about this benefit and what eligible veterans should do to claim their share. Learn about the VA changes here.  Make a Claims Appointment here.
May 23, 2021
National VA Research Week 2021
National VA Research Week will take place May 17–21, 2021. It's your chance to learn how VA studies and research have improved Veterans' health and welfare. We talked with Dr. Amrita Kamat about research activities at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio. This week on May 17 & 18, 2 pm - 4:30 pm, they will host Virtual Presentations to discuss their research. You may join the discussion here. You may also visit the Audie Murphy facility in San Antonio on May 20 for an in person Research Fair from 10 am - 2 pm. At Noon there will be an Exoskeleton demonstration in the Polytrauma Courtyard at Audie Murphy. 7400 Merton Minter, San Antonio, TX 78229.  Phone:210-617-5300 | 877-469-5300 
May 13, 2021
Armed Forces Day and Success in 60 Minutes
This week we have something for all members of the military and a "Texas Veterans Mean Business" invite goes out to our Veteran Entrepreneurs. Join Texas Veterans Commission as we celebrate Armed Forces Day and get advice from an expert on gaining Government Contracts. Our TVC Calendar of Events has registration links and info. You can also get registered right here, just click on the event you wish to attend. In the meantime listen in for a preview.  
May 09, 2021
Honoring Military Spouses and Armed Forces Day with Virtual Events
The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program recognizes Military Spouses with a May 6th virtual event “Married to the Military ‘T.A.B.L.E’ Talk” , then May 13, join us for a salute to the military in honor of Armed Forces Day. Both events are free and open to everyone. Click on the event to register.
May 01, 2021
The VA Wants to Know What You Think!
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to hear from you. Listening sessions are being held all across the country. Veterans you talk and the VA listens. They want your feedback on VA health care, whether it’s good or bad. In Texas the listening sessions will be held on Friday, April 23. Click here to get Information on how to join the conversation where ever you are in Texas.
April 21, 2021
Soldiers' Angels
This show is about a nonprofit based in San Antonio that serves the military all over the country. Soldiers’ Angels sends care packages to the deployed, has virtual baby showers for veterans and active duty, and makes care packages for homeless veterans and VA patients. Learn more about the organization and how you can be a part of it.
April 14, 2021
What Can Texas Veterans Commission Do for YOU?
Listen in as the Executive Director of Texas Veterans Commission goes over the list of Free services available to Texas Veterans. For instance, you don't need to pay somebody to file your disability claim or represent you at that appeal, we do it for free. That is just one aspect of the state agency that is devoted to helping veterans and their family members access all the state and federal benefits earned. The website has info and contact information for all the departments. Share with your veteran friends and help those who are less computer savvy get the info they need. You can make a claims appointment too. Listen in and find out what TVC can do for you!
April 11, 2021
US Customs and Border Protection is Hiring and TVC Rural Veteran Career Advisors are Awesome!
The Voice of Texas Veterans invites you to listen and learn about careers with US Customs and Border Protection. They have a resume workshop scheduled for April 13, 2021. We also talked with one of our Rural Veteran Career Advisors. They work tirelessly connecting veterans with new careers. They just might be able to help you! Register for the CBP Workshop Here by April 12. Connect with a Veteran Career Advisor Here. Register at Work in Texas and make sure you put down that you are a veteran.
April 07, 2021
TVC Smorgasbord of April Events and Information
This episode of the Voice of Texas Veterans is packed with information. You will learn how Customs and Border Protection is recruiting veterans, and the Women Veterans program invites you to take steps towards improving your financial health.   Women veterans learn how to get your military service in the Military Women's Memorial and meet some of the Veteran Service Coordinators who are part of the Military Veteran Peer Network. They come armed with a host of veteran resources.  Register Here by April 12 for the CPB workshop.    Sign Up Here for the financial workshops. You should register for each one.  Make a Virtual Visit to the Military Women's Memorial.
April 06, 2021
Texas Veterans Commission visits Corpus Christi and the Valley
This episode features an invitation to Texas Women Vets to join the Military Women's Memorial. We talk with several Peer Service Coordinators from our Military Veteran Peer Network and we talk with the PenFed Foundation about their Military Heroes Fund which offers financial help, caregiver support and help for low-income vets who want to buy their first house.
April 03, 2021
Women Veterans April Events and 2021 Campaign
The Texas Veterans Commission Women Veterans Program is always BUSY!  In April, you're invited to take part in our Financial Wellness Webinars. On this show, we'll also learn about the 2021 Women Veterans Campaign, making peer connections and getting single parent veterans the assistance they need. Visit the website,, fill out the form introducing yourself and we'll help you make those connections with peers and resources.   Also register for the webinars on our events calendar.
March 31, 2021
Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021
On March 29, 2021, the nation will recognize and show appreciation for the military men and women who served during the Vietnam War.  Over 2.7 million Americans served in Vietnam, less than 850,000 are alive today.  We continue to give Texas Vietnam Vets a book that commemorates the 50th anniversary of that war. Vietnam Vet and former Texas Veterans Commission Chairman Al Cantu shares his feelings about the book and we'll also discuss why Vietnam Vets should file disability claims for exposure to Agent Orange. To get this free book send an email containing the Vet's name, address and the years they served in Vietnam to: Because of COVID delivery of books may be delayed. 
March 22, 2021
Women Veterans: Better Ways to Be YOU
This program is part of the Women Veterans Program "Better Ways To Be You" Series. This episode: Loving Yourself & Loving Others,  New Growth = New Life. Hosted by Women Veterans Coordinator for North Texas Catherine Smith. Guests include representatives of DFW veteran serving organizations. 
March 19, 2021
Helping Veterans Starts Here
In local communities across the state, Texas Veterans Commission maintains a catalogue of resources ready to assist veterans, We also call upon national organizations if needed. Today we'll talk with Peer Service Coordinators about how those resources can make a difference for veteran's families and we'll learn about the PenFed Foundation's efforts to give veterans a hand. 
March 03, 2021
Women Veterans and the TVC Entrepreneur Program
Texas Veterans Commission's Women Veterans Program invited the manager of our Entrepreneur program and the director of Veterans Programs at People Fund to a webinar.  Listen in for tips on starting your own business. Your moderator is Dr. Krystle Matthews, Director Women Veterans Program. Her guests are Anna Baker, Veteran Entrepreneur Program Manager for Texas Veterans commission and Grant Bennett- Director of the Veteran Program at People Fund. Find more information at and
February 14, 2021
Black History Month
African Americans have played a huge part in our military forces,  there are 2.15 million  African American veterans in the United States, representing around 12 percent of the total veteran population.  This month Texas Veterans Commission asked some budding scholars to help us with a history lesson on some of our Black servicemembers.  
February 11, 2021 Working to Stop Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking
The whole nation is aware of the tragedy that can occur when someone drinks and drives. talked with Texas Veterans Commission about efforts to stop drunk driving and underage drinking with programs aimed at the entire community including veterans and their families.  
February 10, 2021
Watch, Listen and Learn with the Women Veterans Program
So what does the Women Veterans Program have planned for this Month? They are always doing something! Listen in for your invite to 3 virtual activities coming to you from across the state. No matter where you are, you can attend!  Check the Calendar and Register Now!
February 04, 2021
American Legion Career Fair and Prep Workshop 2021
On Feb 9 The American Legion will host its first Virtual Career Fair of 2021. Join Texas Veterans Commission for some important lessons on getting ready. From learning how to navigate the platform, and how to update and tailor resumes, to getting in some virtual interview practice. Listen in so you will be ready!!! Register for the Job Fair and the Prep Workshops here by perusing the calendar and clicking on the dates.
January 24, 2021
Veterans Benefits Banking Program
On this episode of "The Voice of Texas Veterans", we learn how the VA is helping veterans connect with financial institutions that offer reliable and inexpensive ways to manage VA monetary benefits. VBBP participating banks and credit unions have  experience  with the unique financial issues facing military and Veteran communities. 
January 21, 2021
Texas Veterans Commission Helps Justice Involved Veterans Too!
How  to take care of one's family while doing time, can be a major worry. Our Justice Involved Claims Coordinators work with veterans behind bars, explaining the rules and regulations that can lead to compensation for the family.
January 14, 2021
Military Women's Memorial
It's a great way to learn the stories of women who served in the US military, paying a visit to the Military Women's Memorial,  The physical location is Arlington, Virginia, virtual location is  Listen in as Retired Brigadier General Robin Akin invites all Texas women service members and veterans to share their military history.  The rest of us can go online and take a tour. 
January 14, 2021
Veteran Entrepreneur Program- Success in 60 Minutes Webinar
The Texas Veterans Commission Entrepreneur Program continues helping veterans and spouses start a business or grow a current one. This year we will host a monthly webinar "Success in 60 Minutes", which features a special guest and a Q & A session. The first webinar is January 20th, 12-1. Megan Sim from the Texas Facilities Commission is the first guest. She will talk about the great bargains veterans can find at the State and Federal Surplus Property Warehouses. Then have your questions ready for our Business Consultants. Register here.
January 05, 2021
Coping with COVID Jan 2021
This episode features a visit with Texas Veterans Commission Mental Health Provider Coordinator Yocasta Reynosa. She talks about our Mental Health Department services and gives veterans some COVID Isolation Coping Skills.
December 29, 2020
2020 End of Year Show
Despite the Pandemic, Texas Veterans Commission continued to serve veterans and their families all year long. Listen in as we revisit some TVC folks and partners we talked with this year. Find out about all our free services for veterans at
December 18, 2020
Claiming Your VA Benefits, How Texas Veterans Commission Can Help With That!
Texas Veterans Commission Claims Benefit Advisors are well trained in the art of filing a VA Disability Claim the right way, the first time. And that's not all they do! Listen in to find out how our Advisors help veterans, family members and survivors. 
December 10, 2020
VA Women's Medical Benefits and a Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Dec 10, 2020
On this episode learn about  VA medical services for women veterans and how to get registered. Plus, everyone is invited to take part in the Dec 10, 2020 Women Veterans Virtual Roundtable Discussion. Participants include: Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd - Executive Director, VA Center for Women Veterans Dr. Deleene Menefee - Women Veterans Program Manager, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Juli McNeil - VISN 17 Women Veterans, Special Populations Program Manager. To join the discussion sign up here. It happens Dec 10, 2020 11:30-1:00 pm.
December 03, 2020
National Family Caregivers Month 2020
November is National Family Caregivers Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs honors the 5.5 million family members and friends who care for chronically ill, injured, or disabled Veterans. The VA offers training and support to help caregivers take care of their loved ones. Caregiver Support Line—1-855-260-3274.  Information and applications can be found on the VA website:
November 16, 2020
Fund for Veterans' Assistance Virtual Big Check Tour
The Fund for Veterans' Assistance 20-21 reimbursement grants have been awarded. Because of COVID 19, there was no Big Check tour this year.  We did spotlight each region with a  Facebook Live presentation. Listen to find out how you can watch, and hear from a few nonprofits that were awarded grants this year.  Check out all this years grantees on the TVC website.
November 12, 2020
Happy Veterans Day 2020
Happy Veterans Day 2020! Well, every day is Veterans Day here at Texas Veterans Commission. Helping veterans access their benefits is what we do! In fact, most of our employees are veterans! Listen in as we talk with some of our veteran employees and we let some kids explain what Veterans Day is all about.
November 08, 2020
Nov 5, 2020 is Hiring Red and White and You Day!
There is still time to do some resume writing,  and interview prep before the November 5  Hiring Red White and You Veteran Job Fair. Transitioning service members and spouses are invited too.  The job fair is public but there will be special times for the military affiliated. Hiring Red White and You Veteran Job Fairs are held virtually all across the state of Texas on the same day.  Nov. 5, 2020, usually from 9-4. Find yours here.
October 30, 2020
The Deadline for the Fund for Veterans' Assistance is Almost Here and so is Hiring Red White and You!
This show focuses on the two upcoming deadlines we have on November 5 . Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant applications are due then, and the Hiring Red White and You Job Fair will be held on virtual platforms across the state on that date.  We talk about the importance of the Job Fair for military related folks, and we  discuss how to apply for Grants. We also talked with 3 of this year’s grantees.  For grant info click here:  Hiring Red White and You click here:
October 25, 2020
Hiring Red White and You! Veteran Job Fair 2020
Hiring Red White and You! veteran job fairs are happening on November 5, 2020, at various times across the state of Texas. This year the job fair is virtual. Which certainly makes it easier to attend more than one. The job fairs are open to everyone with certain times reserved for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses.  Here you can register, get the times, learn about the virtual platform and find links to employers.  Listen as Casey Wade from Texas Workforce Commission explains why veterans should attend.
October 17, 2020
Hiring Red White and You Central Texas
Hiring Red White and You! 2020 is happening on November 5th on virtual platforms across the state. Transitioning servicemembers, veterans and spouses will have a few hours set aside during each job fair just for them.  You can find out how to register for the job fair in your area right here: Listen in as Chasity Bingley Texas Veterans Commission Employer Liaison , Public Entity, talks about the plans for the Killeen Fort Hood area Hiring Red White and You!
October 16, 2020
FVA Applications for 2021-2022
The Fund for Veterans' Assistance is now accepting applications for next year's monetary grants. Applications are due November 5, 2020.  Applications are filed on the web.  Apply here! Veteran serving nonprofits and local government agencies may apply.  Categories include general assistance, Housing for Texas Heroes, mental health, Veteran Treatment Courts and Veteran County Service Offices.  We give away millions every year, thanks to the Texas Lottery and other donations. 
October 06, 2020
Healing Arts at the Waco One Stop
The Veterans Mental Health Department at Texas Veterans Commission continues working with Mental Health professionals across the state, so that veterans everywhere have access to services. This show features the Waco Veterans One Stop where Army veteran Rachel Mims, is a Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts. She talks about the therapies available to veterans at the One Stop.
October 04, 2020
Pandemic Business Sense
As the nation grapples with the best way to limit the spread of COVID 19, small businesses owners are doing what they can to  avoid permanent closure. LIsten in as Army veteran, Monica Perras talks about her efforts to save her fitness center. Texas Veterans Commission Veteran Entrepreneur Program is working with veterans every day to help them start a business, grow a business and stay in business. Visit the website:
September 27, 2020
Vets in Government Virtual Job Fair
Veterans, this may be your chance to start your civilian career in a State or Federal Job. Transitioning service members and military spouses are invited too.  Texas Veterans Commission and Workforce Solutions  are hosting workshops to get you ready for the Vets in Gov Virtual Job Fair. Virtual Classes will be held Sept 21-23.  The Job Fair will be Sept 24th from 10am to 4pm Central Time.  The website has the details and links to registration .
September 18, 2020
Preventing Veteran Suicide: Looking Out For Each Other
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  This month mental health advocates,  survivors, family members, faith based organizations and local, state and national agencies are working together to promote suicide prevention awareness. It is not just a one month thing, these efforts are ongoing. Texas Veterans Commission works with mental health professionals and organizations everyday to stop veteran suicide.  The Military Veteran Peer Network Connects veterans with Peers who look out for each other. Find your Peer Service Coordinator here:
September 16, 2020
Sept. 15 American Legion Veterans Virtual Career Fair
Now is the time to register, before September 15, for this Virtual Career Fair that features career opportunities in the US and worldwide.  Veterans, transitioning soldiers, spouses and dependents are invited to attend.  There will be chat rooms and interview possibilities.  Even though you are at home, dress for an interview.   The Career Fair will be held September 15, 10 am - 4 pm Central Time.
September 10, 2020
American Legion Veterans Virtual Career Fair Sept 2020
 American Legion Texas Virtual Career Fair will be held on September 15, 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm Central Daylight Time. If you are not in this time zone, make the adjustments so you can join us.  Since the Virtual Platform may be new to some job seekers,  Veterans Leadership Program/ Veterans Employment Services will be conducting a Virtual Career Fair Prep Workshop on September 9 from 9 - 10 am Central Daylight Time. Register for both
September 06, 2020
Jovanna Kenney LPC Veterans Mental Health
The Veterans Mental Health Department at Texas Veterans Commission works with licensed mental health providers, community and faith-based organizations, and  agencies across the state, bringing mental health services to veterans.  Listen in as Licensed Professional Counselor, Jovanna Kenney from Bluebonnet Trails Community Services talks about her work with veterans.
August 29, 2020
Strikeforce August 2020
No veteran wants to wait forever for a disability claim or appeal to be accepted.  But sometimes delays happen. That is why Veteran County Service Officers and Texas Veterans Commission Claims Advisors  are certified by the VA to minimize the delays and denials. Working together, they can successfully file claims and appeals that may drastically change the life of veterans and their families. Listen in to the story of a Navy widow who was awarded over 400 thousand dollars in retroactive payments.
August 17, 2020
National Purple Heart Day
August 7,  is National Purple Heart Day. Purple Heart recipient Michael Matthews talks about his experience in Iraq, what lead to his Purple Heart and how he and other medal winners celebrate life at home.
August 07, 2020
Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantee - Lone Star Legal Aid (20-21)
Lone Star Legal Aid has been helping low income Texas Veterans for years. This year (20-21), a grant from Texas Veterans Commission's Fund for Veterans' Assistance will help them continue to serve veterans and their families. Listen in as we discuss Lone Star Legal Aid services and how veterans can get help.
August 05, 2020
Jim Reynolds, Veterans Mental Health Counselor
Texas Veterans Commission works with Mental Health Professionals across the state to increase veteran access to services. Jim Reynolds is a Veterans Counselor at the Betty Hardwick Center in Abilene. He loves going out in the sticks connecting with veterans.
August 04, 2020
Austin's Dress for Success and the Women Veterans Program
Register Now! This event is happening August 6 and 7, 2020. Texas Veterans Commission and Austin's Dress for Success invite women veterans, transitioning service members and dependents to a free virtual seminar. Transitioning:Military, Career and Life. Register now for the all day seminar on August 6. Sign up for one on one coaching August 7. Sign up here:  You'll learn about "Rebranding Yourself", the "Importance of Sister Veteran Networks", and  "Transitioning with Combined Arms". In the afternoon Texas Veterans Commission will facilitate an Information session about our services and there will be an open discussion so you can ask questions. Register today!
July 31, 2020
Veteran of the Day Nikki Taylor
Texas Veterans Commission is the state agency that helps veterans, family members and survivors access their state and federal benefits. We have nine departments to serve veterans: Claims, Education, Employment, Entrepreneur, Women Veterans Program, Mental Health, The Fund for Veterans' Assistance, Communications and Outreach and Health Care Advocacy. The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to recognize Texas Veterans Commission employees who embody the spirit of veterans helping veterans.  Let's talk with VA Veteran of the Day, Health Care Advocate, Nikki Taylor.
July 27, 2020
Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity Is a Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantee 20-21
#TexasVeterans Texas Veterans Commission has released the names of this year's Fund for Veterans' Assistance Grantees. We gave away over $30 million in grants to nonprofits and local government agencies all across the state.. Listen in as Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity explains how they will use their grant to repair veterans' homes.
July 15, 2020