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TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION
WOMEN VETERANS PROGRAM (WVP)
“The willingness with which our young
people are likely to serve in any war, no
matter how justified, shall be directly
proportional to how they perceive the
veterans of earlier wars were treated and
appreciated by their nation.”
President George Washington
October 24, 2012
TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION
MISSION: Advocate for and provide superior
service to Veterans that will significantly
improve the quality of life for all Texas Veterans
and their families in the areas of:
Claims Representation and Counseling
Veteran Employment Services
Veteran Education Services
Fund for Veteran Assistance Reimbursement
Grants funding.
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TVC CLAIMS REPRESENTATION & COUNSELING
Assists Veterans with Filing ServiceConnected Compensation Claims
Represents Veterans with VA Appeals
Helps Family Members with Survivor Benefits
Assists with Filing Non-Service Connected
Pension Claims for Veterans and Surviving
Spouses
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BENEFITS OF TVC CLAIMS REPRESENTATION
Texas Veterans Receive More Than $2.2 Billion in
Compensation and Pension due to Representation by
TVC
A Veteran Receives About $6,200 More each year
when represented by TVC
179,981 benefit cases handled by TVC counselors and
staff on behalf of veterans and dependants, 125,179
monetary claims, and 16,101 appeals handled by TVC
counselors in the last fiscal year
4
TVC VETERAN EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Assist in translating military skills to civilian jobs
Résumé assistance to help with today’s job market
Job interviewing techniques
Job searching techniques
Career guidance
Locating training assistance
Connect employers with Veterans
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BENEFITS OF TVC EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
Last fiscal year an average of 221 Veterans
entered employment for every Veteran
Employment Representative (~180 across the
state).
Texas accounts for 18% of the nation’s Veterans
entering employment.
Texas receives 7% of the nation’s federal funding
for Veteran Employment Services.
During the last fiscal year, 38,714 veterans found
work with assistance provided by VES staff.
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TVC FUND FOR VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE (FVA)
Purpose
Award reimbursement grants to non-profit and local
government organizations that provide direct services to
Texas Veterans and their families.
FVA General Assistance Grants
Housing4TexasHeroes
Benefits
FY2011: TVC Grantee Organizations served 67,500
Veterans, dependents and surviving spouses.
Currently (January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012; Total:
$15,198,785): TVC has $15.1 million in active grants to
more than 50 organizations. (includes previously awarded grants.)
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TVC FVA ACTIVE GRANTS BENEFIT
OUR VETERANS
(JANUARY 1, 2012 TO JUNE 30, 2012; TOTAL: $15,198,785)
3%
4%
Counseling (7) $2,698,743
H4TXH (8)
$2,960,500
19%
Employment (3) $606,131
18%
3%
4%
5%
4%
Family Services (2)
$593,014
Financial Assistance (10)
$4,072,180
Homeless/Housing (6)
$1,987,587
13%
27%
Legal (4) $707,844
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TVC EDUCATION SERVICES
Federal Education Benefits from the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs (G.I. Bill): TVC Provides
Approval
Oversight
Consumer Protection
Complaint Resolution
Texas State Hazlewood Act Exemption: TVC Provides
Information Regarding this Program to Veterans and
School Officials
150 Semester Hours of Free Tuition and Fees at State Funded
Schools
Hazlewood Legacy Program Allows Veterans to Pass on
Unused Hours to Their Children
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THE NEEDS OF WOMEN VETERANS OVERLAP
Women currently comprise
approximately 15% of the U.S. Military
(Active Duty, Reserves, & National Guard)
Approximately 8.54% of the total U.S.
Women’s Veteran Population resides in
Texas (second to California’s 8.96%)*
The Women Veteran Population in Texas
is expected to grow from 129,393 in
2003 to 163,249 in 2013 (26%
increase)
Many traditional Veterans Services and
Programs have been structured to
support men
Women comprised 46.8 percent of the
total U.S. labor force and are projected to
account for 46.9 percent of the labor
force in 2018.
Of the 66 Million Women that worked in
2010, 73% Worked Full-time and 23%
worked part-time
Of the ~ 107,000 Veterans homeless
each night, about 7,000 of them are
women
Challenges Women Veteran Face
Gender Specific Care
(Medical, Housing,
Counseling)
Mental Care (MST,
Depression, PTSD,
Unemployment,
Homelessness, SingleParenting, Family Violence)
Caregiver Support
* The National
Center for Veterans Analysis
and Statistics
(NCVAS) VtPop Model 2007 (forecasts from 2000 – 2036 Min YOY Growth Rate 0.22% and Max YOY 1.09 %)
(Childcare,
Adult
Daycare)
Purpose: Assist Women Veterans in Texas
Obtain their Federal and State Veteran Services
and Support
Coordinate supplemental services and support
with local governments and community
organizations
TVC’S WOMEN VETERANS PROGRAM GOALS
G1. Coordinate support for Women
Veterans in Texas with Government and
Non-Government Programs and Agencies
G2. Advocate Services for Women Veterans
G3. Raise Awareness of Veteran Benefits
and Services to Women Veterans
G4. Increase Support for Women Veterans
Throughout Texas and the U.S.
TEXAS WOMEN VETERAN ADVOCATES
Employers*
Corporations
Small Business
Organized Labor
Chamber of Commerce
Institutions
Faith-based*
Religious Institutions
Religious leaders
Denominations
Fellowship Organizations
Philanthropic*
Foundations
Philanthropic Organizations
Veteran Support Organizations
Housing/Shelters
`
Dept/Agencies*
Federal/State/Local
Veteran Affairs
Health and Human Service
Judicial Branch
HUD
Returning
Veteran, Military
Families and
Families of the
Fallen
Advocates*
Individuals
Professional Organizations
Entertainment
Social Networks
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Core: Family and Friends
VA System Registration: Benefits/Disability & Pension
Claims/Healthcare (physical/mental)
Veteran Community Link-in: Veteran Joins and/or Accepts
Social Assistance: Emotional Support Groups/Social Support
Groups
Community Donations: Financial Support/Basic Needs
Services
Veteran Career Pathifinding/Pathing: Gets Educated and/or
Gets a Job
*
Healthcare*
Government Facilities
Hospitals/Clinics
Professionals
Peer-to-Peer
Social Workers
Benefactors*
Private Donors
Foundations
Charities
Financial
Time/Volunteers
Educators*
Universities
Colleges
Vocational Centers
Student Vet Organizations
Indicates intent, not all-inclusive
Community Action Teams Concept: Office of the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support Community Action
Team_1sldr 2 Feb 12 LTC Dennis J. Hart - WFSG
TVC WOMAN VETERAN SUPPORT & SERVICE
CONNECTION COORDINATION
CONNECT
CONNECT
CONNECT
TVC Counselor
Intake/Referrals
•Claims
•Employment
•Education
•FVA
CONNECT
Coordination
WVET Advocates
•Community Resources
Coordination
•Benefits & Services
Coordination
•Information
/Events/Opportunities
•Service Veteran
•Resource Events
TVC WOMEN VETERANS AWARENESS PLAN
Amarillo
Region 1
Lubbock
Region 2
Dallas
Ft. Worth
Abilene
Region 3
El Paso
Tyler
Midland - Odessa
Waco
Region 4
Killeen
Region 5
Austin
Galveston
Region 6
San Antonio
Corpus Christi
MSA Pop~ ≥ 1 Million & above
MSA Pop~ ≤ 1 Million & above
Houston
McAllen
Harlingen
TVC WOMEN VETERANS POPULATION (MSA)
2012
El Paso MSA
Greater Austin MSA
Greater San Antonio MSA
Greater Houston
Ft Worth MSA
Dallas MSA
Remainder of TX
Total Opportunity of Women
Vets in Texas
Women
Veteran
Population
Per Major
MSA in
Texas
4,096
13,925
27,776
26,994
17,709
18,255
52,130
160,885
% Women Veteran
Population
3%
9%
Texas Women Veteran Population
Per Major MSA
El Paso MSA
3%
Remainder of
TX
32%
Greater Austin
MSA
9% Greater San
Antonio MSA
17%
17%
17%
11%
Dallas MSA
11%
11%
32%
100%
Ft Worth MSA
11%
Vetpop forecasts Texas has ~ 1,670,929 Million total Veterans (~ 9.63% Women to 90.37% Men).
Greater
Houston
17%
Texas Women Veterans
Need Great Support From All of Us!!
Nancy E Rhodes
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. Province
October 24, 2012

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