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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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Women Veterans Day Virtual Networking Event 2021

The Voice of Texas Veterans

VA Specially Adaptive 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 Day 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 9, 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 1, 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 7, 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 6, 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 3, 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 3, 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 4, 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 5, 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 3, 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 8, 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 6, 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 4, 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 6, 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 2020
August 7, 2020 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 7, 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 5, 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 4, 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