The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation’s armed forces.
The Veterans Mental Health Program’s (VMHP) mission is to train and provide technical assistance to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) peers, licensed mental health providers and mental health organizations, community- and faith-based organizations, and state agencies on the impacts of military-related trauma and the individuals who have been military trauma-affected (MTA).
Military trauma-affected SMVF often have difficulty accessing timely mental health resources due to factors, which include; an individual’s difficulty in recognition of their mental health needs, lack of resources available upon recognition of mental health needs, difficulty accessing mental health resources, and a lack of community-level awareness of military-related traumas resulting in mental health conditions. The VMHP provides military trauma-informed training and technical assistance to create greater awareness of and access to mental health resources for SMVF.
Additionally, the VMHP provides training and technical assistance to agencies and organizations spanning the Texas Criminal Justice System in an effort to improve diversion and mental health treatment options for justice involved veterans who have suffered military-related traumas.
For more information about the Veterans Mental Health Program, please call (512)463-6091
Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN)
Peer-to Peer Support through training, technical assistance, and certification to Local Mental Health Authority-based Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) Peer Service Coordinators (PSCs) and their Peers to create a statewide network of military trauma-affected Veteran peer support.
For more information about the Military Veteran Peer Network, call (512)463-6091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VMHP’s Provider Network is designed to encourage licensed mental health providers to: engage with each other in sharing practice tool, tips, and techniques which increase the likelihood of positive and ongoing interactions with SMVF peers needing clinical services; provide timely and relevant information on evidence-based, research-informed, and emerging best practices in clinical services to SMVF; and assist providers in better understanding the SMVF community.
For more information about the Provider Network, please call (512)463-6091
Justice Involved Veterans (JIV)
Using the GAINS Center’s Sequential Intercept Model for JIV, the VMHP works with criminal justice system agencies and organizations to: encourage trauma-informed responses to justice involved Veterans who have suffered military-related traumas; encourages community-based solutions for JIV; and assist with development of state and national JIV-focus curriculums designed to increase jail diversion and decrease recidivism.
For more information about Justice Involved Veterans, please call (512)463-6091
VMHP works to increase military trauma-informed community- and faith-based organizations by: encouraging local SMVF-serving collaborations and committees are provided training about the trauma-affected SMVF community; including Moral Injury all conversations with and trainings for community- and faith-based organizations and agencies; and connecting community collaborations and committees with statewide, curated resource listings.
For more information about Community Partners, please call (512)463-6091
Claims Representation and Counseling
The State of Texas leads all other large states in monetary recovery of Veterans’ compensation and pension benefits. Our agency represents Veterans in filing VA disability claims and represent Veterans during the VA appeals processes. More than $1.5 billion in compensation and pension is distributed each year to Texas Veterans and eligible surviving family members represented by our counselors. Our counselors are all Veterans who are highly experienced with serving Veterans, in all matters pertaining to Veterans’ disability benefits and entitlements. Our agency is designated by the State of Texas to represent the State and our Veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veterans Employment Program
The Veterans Employment Program’s mission is to provide sound job coaching and to assist employers with understanding the unique benefits of hiring Veterans so that every Texas Veteran and eligible Veteran spouse has access to long term and meaningful employment.
Veterans Education Program
The Veterans Education Program approves all programs for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process, the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.
Fund for Veterans' Assistance
The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) grant program awards reimbursement grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. The FVA does not grant funds directly to Veterans. Veterans in need of assistance are asked to visit the Grants Awarded page to find organizations in their area for information on receiving assistance.
Women Veterans Program
To connect women veterans in Texas with the local, state, and federal benefits they have earned, empower women veterans to expect equitable treatment in the care and services to which they are entitled, and elevate public awareness of women’s many vital roles in our national defense. Women veterans will be able to access first-class health care, be safely and respectfully housed, pursue the education they desire, thrive in a meaningful career, and establish fulfilling connections within their community and with other women veterans.
Veteran Entrepreneur Program
The purpose of the Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) is to foster and promote Veteran Entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas. The Texas Veterans Commission, with the help of the Governors office as well as several prominent Legislators, passed Senate Bill 1476 in 2013. This allowed for the funding of a team of experienced business consultants to be available for any Veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge to the Veteran.
Health Care Advocacy Program
A team of highly trained Texas Veterans Commission staff is strategically positioned across the state to act as liaisons for Texas veterans in addressing issues involving Veterans Administration health care related services. Our Texas Veterans Health Care Advocacy team acts on the veterans behalf as a liaison between veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve access issues involving VA health care related services such as: doctor appointments, health care related testing and/or lab testing, pharmacy assistance, attaining outside referrals for health related issues, VA health care related billing, and “Fee Basis” referrals such as outside referrals for health care services that the VA does not perform at VA facilities